on Wed May 30 18:43:29 2012, in response to Fare Beaters..what's the driver SUPPOSED To do?, posted by caine515 on Wed May 30 18:28:28 2012.
I train my drivers not to be confrontational; no driver should be abused, either verbally or physically over a $2.25 fare. My drivers are instructed to LOUDLY remind the passenger that a fare must be deposited. I instruct them to not move the bus until the fare is paid. Many times peer pressure from onboard passengers will work. (Hey man, I paid mine... you pay yours. You're gonna make me late for my job. etc.) If still no fare paid, driver radios to dispatch that there is a situation onboard the bus that MAY require a police response. This conversation is also done loudly. In most cases the "fare beater" will leave the bus. This is in eastern Suffolk County, NOT NYC.