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Opal Card Loophole Means Clever Commuters Are Saving 1000s

Sydneysiders sick of paying upwards of $15 for the train to the airport have discovered a dodgy loophole that is costing the State tens of thousands of dollars.

Savvy commuters have realised that loading an Opal card with the minimum fare and then tapping off with a negative balance can save them more than $10 on every trip to Sydney Airport.

As The Daily Telegraph points out, a person travelling from Parramatta could utilise the tactic by adding $3.38 to their card - the minimum amount required to tap on during peak time - and throw it away once they get to the airport, which would usually set them back $18.62.

The move has been slammed by NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance, who called the loophole "fare evasion" and insisted that "people should always travel with enough balance to get where they need to go."

According to the NSW Audit Office, more than 360,000 Opal cards have registered a negative balance in the last 12 months.

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