The Canadian Taxpayers Federation says TransLink won’t say how much it spent to prosecute a Langara College Student for fare evasion. The federation’s president says the public has a right to know.
Jordan Bateman says TransLink rejected the CTF’s freedom of information request for legal bills incurred for the case against student Inna Danylyuk.
“TransLink is claiming solicitor-client privilege as a reason why they won’t tell the public what they spent on this, it’s a weasely way out. Government definitely has solicitor-client privilege but the case is not ongoing, and it’s not before the courts. They just don’t want to tell taxpayers that they spent several hundred times what this fine actually rendered.”
Nearly four years ago, Danyluk was given a $173 fare evasion ticket by transit police; she argued she accidentally grabbed her boyfriend’s pass instead of her own.
Shen went to provincial court and won.
TransLink then filed a petition in B.C. Supreme Court to quash the judge’s decision, last month court ruled in favour of the transit authority.
In a statement, TransLink says it is compliant with laws around issuing and disputing tickets, and that B.C.’s highest court supported their interpretation of the legislation.
It says enforcing fares is necessary to maintain fairness for passengers and taxpayers, and necessary to fund the operation of the sytem.