So, I bought a BusPlus-card which you electronically check in with whenever you enter a bus or tram. The cost for 1 ride is about 65 eurocent. Soon enough, I discovered something strange. Every time I would enter a bus and checked in, people in the bus would look at me like I am really weird, or even give an angry look. Soon enough I realized that they looked at me that way because on most of the rides I was the only one paying for my ride. I made it my bus-ride-pass-time to count the number of people who entered the bus and the number that paid. The average of non-paying people was 90% or higher on every ride!
I made some calculations and concluded that they could put 1 conductor on every bus and tram permanently who would make sure everybody would pay. Such a conductor only had to check 40 people per day to already cover his salary. All hundreds or thousands additional people he would make pay would be profit for the bus-company. Or why not, as in so many other countries, have people enter the bus only through the front-door, and have the driver check their card? Such simple solutions!
If now people finally will start paying like they should (which means the bus-company will get more money, which means better and more busses, which means better public transport for everybody, which means a better city and happier people), I will not know. The credit on my BusPlus is finished, the snow has disappeared, temperature is above zero, so…..I am off on my bicycle again, never waiting for a bus, not paying anything, enjoying the sun and the wind and being faster than any driver or passenger in Belgrade! Another problem solved, at least for me!