They bought a ticket in Prague, but still received a fine | iRADIO

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If you buy a ticket in Prague via the PID Lítačka application and immediately go on the metro, tram or bus, you risk a fine. People with a paid ticket have to wait two minutes before it officially starts to pay. Some were fined in the amount of hundreds of crowns for just a few seconds when they could not prove themselves with a ticket. Representatives of Prague Integrated Transport argue a defense against black passengers.



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6:25 am February 1, 2024

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Passengers can only board a bus, tram or metro with a valid ticket (illustrative photo) | Photo: René Volfík | Source: iROZHLAS.cz

The PID Lítačka application offers the purchase of a ticket. Passengers can choose a ticket that starts paying immediately. But in practice, this means up to two minutes. And until recently, the app didn’t even warn users about it before making a purchase. If the passenger was then stopped by an inspector before two minutes had passed, they had to pay a fine.


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“Purchased before the turnstiles at the top of the subway. Downstairs check and a friend got a fine and didn’t speak for two minutes. He said he should have waited upstairs for the two minutes. Without pardon for 1,000,” user Marek Vašíček described on the X social network.

Martin Pecháček had a similar experience: “I had 10 seconds left. I even told the inspector inside the subway. He told me he would read it. He read, and then triumphantly informed me that I was driving with an invalid document. I didn’t even guess at the DPP.”

The pair of posts by Jan Vojtíšek, which sparked a heated debate on the X social network and under which the above-mentioned comments also appeared, have over five hundred comments, two hundred shares and two thousand likes.

According to critics, this two-minute delay in the validity of electronic tickets should be abolished. However, representatives of the Prague Integrated Transport argue the possible behavior of black passengers.

“This is a protective period to prevent the misuse of this method of paying the fare, so that the passenger cannot purchase a ticket until he sees an auditor in the vehicle or on the subway platform, or a conductor on the train,” Filip Drápal explained to iROZHLAS.cz and Radiožurnál. spokesperson of the Ropid organization. “This is how it’s been set up since the start of this service in 2018,” he pointed out.

“In order for the ticket to be valid for transportation (and inspection), it is necessary to first activate it and wait 2 minutes, which is a protection against misuse, but it does not apply in the region.”


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Claw then admitted that the delay could be shortened to one minute.

We are considering shortening this period from two to one minute, as we perceive that such a long period is not very comfortable, especially if the passenger decides to travel at the last minute he specified. According to him, the change must be approved by the leadership of Prague and the Central Bohemian Region. Deputy Mayor Zdeněk Hřib (Pirates) informed in the same vein on Wednesday.

At the same time, Drápal added that the warning about the two-minute delay should now be displayed to people before buying a ticket. “For a long time, independent of this discussion, a software modification of the application has been specified,” assured Drápal.

Passengers in Prague transport can also buy a ticket via the Citymove application. In that one, there is even a delayed validity longer than two minutes. But a warning about it will appear even before the purchase.

A minute is enough in Brno

In addition to Prague, Ostrava also has the same delay between the purchase and the validity of the ticket in the application. “In the MojeDPO application, we have a two-minute protection period when purchasing a short-term fare. The same deadline is also set for the purchase of an SMS ticket,” said Tereza Šnoblová, spokeswoman for the transport company.

And Brno also chose a similar procedure, although it now has a shorter deadline than Prague. “There is a one-minute grace period before the ticket is valid. The reason is clear – so that the passenger cannot buy a ticket until the moment when the transport inspection starts,” concluded Hana Tomaštíková, spokeswoman for the transport company.

The auditors of the Prague transport company imposed 255,115 fines for black driving the year before last, an increase of 16 percent year-on-year. They collected 213.7 million crowns in fines, which is almost 41 percent more than the previous year. Most of the fines were paid by people within thirty days of their imposition.

Adults pay 3,650 crowns for an annual public transport coupon, 1,480 for a quarterly pass and 550 crowns for a monthly pass. A 30-minute ticket costs 30 crowns and a 90-minute ticket costs 40 crowns. A 24-hour or three-day ticket is also available.

Anna Jadrná

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