Warning: don't try to cheat the train company

September 13, 2012

Arriva Trains Wales have been in touch with the University to complain that a small minority of students have been noticed attempting to avoid paying full fares. Revenue protection steps are now being taken, and any student caught attempting to pay less than the appropriate fare in future is likely to be prosecuted through the courts.

In particular, Arriva Trains Wales have caught students

  • Purchasing and travelling on Child Tickets from the vending machine in Trefforest
  • Passing on used (unstamped) tickets to other students, who then re-use them

Both are considered as intentional actions of evading payment of a fare. The legal situation with both these scenarios is that the students in question have committed an offence and if they had been stopped by Arriva’s Revenue Inspectors, they would have been taken to court. Prosecution could lead to a penalty of up to £1000 or a prison sentence of up to 3 months.

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