An operation was held in a bid to seize fake bus tickets in circulation.
Members of Lancashire County Council Safer Travel team recently carried out an operation with Stagecoach around fraudulent ticket use on the buses.
Over the last few weeks a number of fraudulent tickets have been found in circulation on several of the Stagecoach services, operating around in and around the Preston area.
A joint operation was arranged which involved Stagecoach Inspectors, Operations Managers, Police and members of the Safer Travel Team boarding 82 services, checking more than 1400 passes and bus tickets and advising passengers to make sure they purchase their tickets and passes from a reputable source.
Claire West, PSCO at the Safer Travel team says: “Some of the irregularities that we found included expired route riders and false mega rider tickets.
“It’s important we work closely with our partners to ensure we are made aware of ongoing issues and take the appropriate action.”
Kam Gill, Stagecoach’s Operations Manager said: “Stagecoach is committed to ensuring our passengers can travel safely in the knowledge that they are safe.
“Fraudulent tickets are a concern for the company both on a commercial front and in ensuring passengers are travelling safely.
“I would encourage anyone with any information relating to fraudulent tickets or issues on bus services to contact the Safer Travel Unit on 0845 053 0040.”