03/26/2012 04:20 EDT | Updated 05/26/2012 05:12 EDT

B.C. NDP leader Dix caught without transit ticket

British Columbia's NDP leader Adrian Dix says he has absolutely no excuse for being caught without a ticket on the Lower Mainland's SkyTrain rapid transit service earlier in March.

Dix said he had bought a day pass earlier, but couldn't find it when stopped by Translink's transit police.

"I was going downtown — bunch of meetings on a Saturday — I was stopped at Granville SkyTrain Station by these guys, by the transit police. They were actually very, very reasonable; very, very professional."

Dix said the incident happened more than three weeks ago, but only came to light when someone tipped off a reporter this past weekend.

The transit police let the NDP leader off with a warning.

Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson wasn't so lucky when he was caught without a ticket five years ago, and fined $173.