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Lille, France Saving Millions with Transportation Fraud Prevention Measures

In their presentation of the the results of the “fraud survey” in Lille metropolitan public transportation to the press, Damien Castelain, President of the Metropolitan area of Lille (MEL), alongside Gérald Darmanin, Vice-president in charge of Transportation reported a significant drop in the fraud rate in 2015. This finding is strongly contributing to achieving the Metropolitan area of Lille’s goals. What’s next?

Train in Tourcoing, France

In their presentation of the the results of the “fraud survey” in Lille metropolitan public transportation to the press, Damien Castelain, President of the Metropolitan area of Lille (MEL), alongside Gérald Darmanin, Vice-president in charge of Transportation reported a significant drop in the fraud rate in 2015. This finding is strongly contributing to achieving the Metropolitan area of Lille’s goals. What’s next? Starting April 1st, the Lille Metropolitan Council plans to launch new controlled-access doors in all metro stations.    

“We are here to see firsthand the work being done through the development of our controlled-access doors policy, and we wish to share the encouraging results of the fraud survey.”

A few meters from an in-progress ticket verification operation, jointly led by the national and Tourcoing municipal police, as well as Transpole ticket inspectors, the Metropolitan Lille president congratulated the almost four-point decrease in overall fraud rate since December 2014 (from 18 to 14%). In practical terms, one point in fraud rate corresponds to 800,000 euros.

“This comes in line with the revenue policy adopted by the metropolitan area of Lille.” The plan that will be presented to the elected Metropolitan council members during the next council meeting, on April 1st, will describe the next step of this proactive policy. It will give the green light to purchase orders for mechanical devices that control physical access. Seven different stations are expected to be equipped with these doors during the first phase of the operation starting at the end of 2017 as predicted by the plan's timeline. The goal is to cover all 60 stations in the Metropolitan area of Lille and to further bring down the fraud rate to 6.1%.

Map of Lille Metro in France

“The installation of these controlled-access doors in Lyon accounted for a decrease from 17% to 7% in the fraud rate,” stated Damien Castelain, “At 800,000 euros per fraud point, the investment very quickly pays for itself.”

In 2015, 6.6 million passengers were inspected, confirms Transpole, the Metropolitan’s transportation agency. “A million more than in 2014,” added Gérald Darmanin. The vice-president in charge of Transportation calls for further joint operations with the police service during varied windows of time.

Does your city’s public transportation system have a problem with fraud? What are the policies adopted by your city to fight it? Share your thoughts and your city's stories in the comments area below.

Original article, originally published in French here.

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Carmen Phillips is a graduate of Oberlin College and is currently pursuing her masters in French Translation at Kent State University. Carmen spent the last year in Lyon, France teaching English to primary school children and had the opportunity to i...

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