According to News 1130 a Compass Card loophole has been found, however, TransLink will stand by the new Compass Card system despite the loophole.
Naturally, there is no foolproof system out there as witnessed by other loopholes in transit card systems around the world. There have been reported loopholes with the London’s Oyster card, and Hong Kong’s Octupus card, just to name a couple.
The Compass Card loophole allows riders to get on and then tap out with the card while remaining on the system, thus ignoring zone borders.
Fare evasion will be minimized with the introduction of the Compass Card system. Approximately $5.3 million a year will be recaptured.
To deal with fare evaders, Translink has given ICBC access to the unpaid fare database. People who fail to pay their fine will not be reissued a license or given insurance. This will only help with fare evaders that have the means to obtain a vehicle and get a license.