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What is the penalty for riding the London Underground without paying?

What is the penalty for riding the London Underground without paying?

How much is a penalty fare? It’s £80. This is reduced to £40 if you pay within 21 days.

What happens if you don’t pay for the tube?

What happens if you get caught fare dodging? Not paying to travel on London’s transport network is a criminal offence that could see you prosecuted, fined up to £1,000 and left with a criminal record.

Will I get a criminal record for fare evasion?

More importantly, a fare evasion conviction is not a trivial matter. A conviction may lead to a criminal record. This could cause problems in later life for anyone working in or wishing to enter the professions or seeking accreditation from a regulated body.

What happens if you fare evade?

Civil and criminal penalties On some systems, fare evasion is considered a misdemeanor. In such cases, police officers and in some cases transit employees are authorized to issue tickets which usually carry a fine. Then, charged persons can be tried in court.

Does TfL settle out of court?

The Revenue Protection Inspector referred the matter to Tfl for prosecution. Miss L was extremely distressed and very worried about a criminal conviction and its effect on her career. We contacted Tfl and were able to negotiate an out of court settlement and a withdrawal of the prosecution.

What happens if I don’t pay train fine?

The current penalty is either: £20. twice the appropriate fare from the station where you started your journey to either the next station at which the train stops or the station you leave the train, whichever is the greater amount.

Is a penalty fare a criminal Offence?

Penalty fares are a civil debt, not a fine, and a person whose penalty fare is paid is not considered to have committed a criminal offence.

Does fare evasion show up on DBS?

If you plead guilty or are found guilty it will result in a criminal record. TfL prosecutes under railway bye-laws. Convictions under bye-laws are not recorded on the Police National Computer (PNC) and so will not normally show up on a standard DBS Check.

What happens if you get caught not paying for the train?

Under the Penalty Fares regulations, passengers who are found without a valid ticket for their journey must pay either: a Penalty Fare of £20. twice the full applicable single fare to the next station at which the train calls, whichever is the greater.

Is not buying a train ticket illegal?

If you board a train without a valid ticket or Promise to Pay notice you may have to pay a Penalty Fare. If it is shown that your intention was to avoid your fare, then you are breaking the criminal law and you may be liable for prosecution.

Is fare evasion strict liability?

1If you are charged with evading a TfL fare, it is a “strict liability” offence. That means that it makes no difference if you say you made a mistake and that you intended to pay. If you plead guilty or are found guilty it will result in a criminal record.

Can you appeal a train fine?

At the moment, to appeal a rail fare, you have to write to the company on the front of a penalty fare notice, and then if the appeal is unsuccessful, go back to this body with a second stage appeal.