Point of fare validation

The location of validation equipment on the vehicles is important. Faster boarding occurs when passengers can process their tickets or cards quickly and easily without impeding the flow of others within the saloon or near the entry and exit points.

To capture all legitimate revenues and to minimize fraud, operators wish to ensure that the authority to travel by individual passengers has been validated. Unauthorized travel can then be identified and discouraged. Validation also enables passengers to be confident that their fare has been verified and that any subsequent inspection of travel documents will confirm the travel authority.

The point of travel validation varies widely in international application. The following practices have been identified:

  • At terminal or stop barrier
  • On-board vehicle, off-board sale
  • On-board vehicle, at point of sale