Councillor Roger Lawrence presented a report on a proposal to submit an application for a Transport & Works Act Order to amend the Midland Metro (Penalty Fares) Act 1991 so as to establish a two-tier system of penalty fares, and to confer powers on the WMCA to make changes to the penalty fares on Midland Metro.
The current penalty fare was £10, and this was no longer considered an effective deterrent to potential fare evaders, particularly given that the cost of a single end to end journey was currently £4.10. It was therefore proposed that the WMCA applied for a Transport & Works Act Order to confer on it the powers to establish a two-tier penalty fare system and to make changes to the level of penalty fares charged. It was expected that this process would take four months to conclude.
(1) The background to the existing penalty fare regime be noted.
(2) The proposed submission of an application for a Transport & Works Act Order to seek the necessary powers for the West Midlands Combined Authority to make changes to the penalty fares on Midland Metro (including increases and a two tier system), removing the requirement for Secretary of State approval be approved.