The Athens Urban Transport Organisation (OASA) has requested the assistance of police and judicial authorities in an effort to curb the problem of fake public transport tickets.

As a result of the intensified inspections conducted by OASA, roughly 50 violators have already been led to justice and received suspended jail terms ranging between 3 and 18 months.

Since 2010, the security characteristics on tickets have been upgraded to make it easier for authorities to trace fake tickets, while inspections have increased to deter fake ticket distribution and public transport fare dodgers.

Among the new measures announced are stepped up inspections, cooperation with police and the announcement of an international tender for the introduction of the electronic ticket regarded as being the most effective solution.