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After Labour Day, Translink will have a better ability to actually force people to pay tickets for fare evasion.
A new by-law goes into effect September 4th, replacing a provincial statute that allowed fare cheats to escape penalty.
Under the new rules, those found in a "fare paid zone" without a ticket will get a 173-dollar fine, which escalates to 213-dollars if it isn't paid within 180-days, and 273-dollars after one year.
Outstanding fines may be referred to a collection agency, and ICBC may also refuse to issue or renew a person's driver's license or car insurance if they haven't paid up.
The changes come after CKNW exposed only 14-percent of tickets were paid last year -- with no consequence for those who didn't.