More cases of passengers running off without paying for their cab fares have been reported last year.

There were 121 cases reported to the Public Transport Council (PTC) and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) last year in 2014, as compared to the 80 cases in 2013.

Cab drivers are usually not able to catch hold of the errant passengers. When the taxis reach their destinations, the passenger simply runs off. Without any personal details, the driver will just drop the case.

Companies often will try to recover the unpaid fares from their drivers first, and being unable to do so, they will refer the cases to the authorities.

Of the 339 cases handled by PTC and LTA in the past four years, 30 percent were unresolved because of a lack of details.

Under the Public Transport Council Act, a passenger found guilty of fare evasion can be fined up to $1,000. Repeat offenders can be fined $2,000 and jailed up to six months.

PTC and LTA said the increase in cases may be because more drivers know they can lodge complaints against fare cheats.

To deter fare cheats, SMRT said that it would blacklist their phone numbers in the booking system.

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