I have a pretty good, albeit subjective, knowledge of public transport. I work in it and use it. Some time ago, I wrote this post , obviously with the intention of joing the PTUA.
I watch ticket checking people often and with vigilance and I have done so for a long time.
All I ever see them do wrong is continually let people off who have offended without taking their details, both on trains on trams. Many times I have seen and or heard these checking people accept reasonable explanations. I have seen strong behaviour by them, and from my view, quite warranted. I have seen them sit on people and I have seen them corral people. The alternative was to just let them run away. I was shocked once when one told me she targets tourists. I said that is awful to target the ignorant. No, she targets long term backpackers who quickly learn how to use the system. I had a mate from the past who was one of these ticket checking persons. He received a pay out after he was kicked in the face. "Your ticket is not valid Sir." Kick.
I remember a friend of a friend telling me how he travelled from St Kilda to Latrobe Uni at Bundoora for a couple of years without buying a ticket. He was caught twice and had to pay two fines, but he was miles in front. I also remember the first lot of o/s rels who visited. They bought a tickets the first day and never validated them for their five week stay and gave us the still usuable tickets when they left.
I really did have a mind to join the PTUA tonight, but I thought I better have a look at their website again, especially to see if there was a media release about the abolition of Zone 3.
I saw a link to 'How to dispute fines' and took a look. Now I, like most people, have opinions on our public transport system, but we have to travel on with what we have and lobby to change it. But after clicking on the link, the first line I read was 'Most public transport users will, at some point in their travelling experience, have a bad experience with ticket inspectors.' It goes on to detail what your should do if you have a bad experience, that is if you don't have a ticket.
No, I don't feel that I can be part of this group.