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No barriers in Berlin's public transport – but fewer plankar

In Berlin välutbyggda public transport are at risk not to be pinched in a tunnelbanespärr. Both metro and commuter rail stations lack the blocks and most of the stations are unmanned. But you have to have a purchased ticket before you as a traveler to step on the train.

the Number of unannounced inspections inside the carriages are many, and goes like this: the train stops as usual, in a platform whereon at least two, often more, in plain clothes ticket inspectors get on the train and roars, ”Die Fahrscheine, bitte!” so that everyone in the whole tank jumps to.

the ticket quickly, any delay has the inspectors rarely lenient with. Because they get paid per captured tjuvåkare – Schwarzfahrer – apply it that work fast. The fact is that they work in an incredibly fast-paced and with an efficiency that is missing in other parts of the German administration. In the short time the train can travel between the two stations generally have all the passengers vetted.

In Germany is considered tjuvåkning as a crime with imprisonment in the punishment scale. Only in Berlin ends up around 300 plankare annually behind lock and key. Photo: Lukas Schulze/AP

without a valid ticket may accompany the inspectors of the train, leave their personal data and receive a fine of 60 euros, about 600 dollars. It is cheap in comparison with what tjuvåkare who are caught in Stockholm's public transport will get fined, namely more than double that, 1500 sek.

Plankare who hope to be able to get away painlessly may, however, think again. Unlike in Sweden are considered tjuvåkning as a crime with imprisonment in the punishment scale. The one who fails to pay fines or get caught repeatedly can be sentenced to jail. Only in Berlin ends up around 300 plankare annually behind lock and key.

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if the punishment is proportionate in relation to the offence. Berlin's red-green state government pushing to decriminalize tjuvåkning, among other things, to relieve the pressure on the already strained courts in the capital which annually have to take care of 40.000 cases. The critics think that the fillets are also should be equated to the felparkera, a foul that in Berlin costs the equivalent of a mere 150 kronor in fines.

Despite the fact that Berlin's public transport lack restricts is the number of tjuvåkare surprisingly few. In the last year traveled around 3 per cent of passengers in Berlin's public transport without a valid ticket, according to statistics from the municipal kollektivtrafikbolaget BVG. There are slightly fewer than the number of plankare in the Stockholm subway, which last year was around 3.2 per cent, according to figures DN. This is despite major investments in, among other things, new barrings, increased fines and kroppskameror.

the Station Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. Photo: Omer Messinger/TT

the Number of plankare in Berlin's public transport has also declined over time. 2008 rose nine percent, without a valid ticket, three times as many as last year. The decline is explained, among other things, to the number of checks has become more, that the unemployment rate dropped and that the Berliners have scored more money.

a public transport without barriers and considers the metro and rer station which is a part of the public domain, are insecurity of staying in the public transport. It is common that homeless people sleeping down there on the platform, and that gangs of youths are using the heated stations as the boys and girls club.

The largest opposition party in the state of Berlin, the Christian democrats, the CDU, wants the Berlin public transport shall comply with other fascinated with city grids example and, like Stockholm and London impose limitations. They point, inter alia, that the city annually loses about the equivalent of sek 200 million in lost takings as a result of tjuvåkning.

But so far, they have not gained a hearing.

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