Innumeracy in the SMH

From an article in today’s SMH:

The State Transit Authority’s own figures show the number of people travelling without a ticket or with the incorrect ticket has shot up by more than 40 per cent in the past year.

Is this true? Unfortunately it’s contradicted by the very next paragraph:

From March 1 to May 31, 2008, officers from the STA’s Revenue Protection Unit inspected 10,151 buses, fined 2628 passengers and cautioned 1590 others. In the same period this year, they inspected 14,134 buses, fining 3780 passengers and cautioning 1857 others.

So the number of people fined has shot up, but the number of busses inspected has shot up by about the same amount, leaving the people fined per bus inspected figure unchanged at about 1 in 4.

If you add people fined to people cautioned, then the figure per bus has declined very slightly, so perhaps the number of people travelling without a ticket has fallen!

One Comment

  1. Posted July 13, 2009 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    Just more of the accuracy and quality I’ve come to expect from the SMH

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