[Section 0] The Inspector Formula – Secrets, Tactics, Rights, & Contesting


While this guide will attempt to give accurate and factual information, due to the nature of testimony and subjectivity involved, there may be inconsistencies. Use the information here at your own risk. Neither Peng nor other contributors are responsible for the accuracy of any information provided nor actions taken as a result of the information.

What this guide is:

This guide is a compilation and summary of various experiences people have had with inspectors. It contains personal testimonies from fellow Melbournians, official instructions from various government and commercial websites, and expert advice from transportation, consumer, and youth lawyers. While also applicable to buses and trains, focus will be on tram use. It is hoped that this guide will clarify the options available to commuters, the roles and operation of tram inspectors, and reduce the stress of meeting inspectors.

What this guide is not:

This guide does not seek to encourage fare evasion, and is written solely for the benefit of the consumer in the unfortunate event that they find themselves without a valid ticket.

The guide is broken into:


Big thanks to YouthLaw and their principal lawyer Anna Radonic for answering many of my questions on the legal side of things. YouthLaw is a free community legal centre for people under 25 in Victoria. Their staff are very friendly, knowledgeable, and incredibly helpful.


I would also like to thank the Federation of Community Legal Centres, Konstantin Tringas, Minter Ellison, and Ashurst for their advice and for pointing me towards where else I can find help.





Last but not least, a big thank you to Tan Zong Yao, Jim Leon Yeow Chua, Christine Teo, and anyone else who has contributed anonymously in sharing their experiences or knowledge.


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