30 July 2000
East Rail surcharge will be revised with effect from 1 August
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) reminded the public that in order to curb fare evasion the surcharge for East Rail will be revised with effect from 1 August 2000.The surcharge for adults will be increased from HK$160 to HK$500, and the surcharge for children and senior citizens will be increased from HK$80 to HK$250.
Starting from early July, KCR East Rail has organised an extensive education and publicity campaign to encourage passengers to use the right tickets and to remind them the implementation of the revised surcharge. Apart from the display of posters, banners and distribution of booklets and handbills at all East Rail stations, we have also organised a quiz and talks for the community centers and schools along East Rail to reinforce the importance of being a law-abiding passenger.
KCR East Rail organised a "Use the right ticket publicity event" at Mong Kok Station today which was attended by members of the District Councils, schools and community organizations along East Rail. We hope that through the quiz and rally games, the community's understanding on our ticketing and safety guidelines can be strengthened.
"KCR East Rail has been putting much efforts to curb fare evasion. Since the middle of 1999, apart from stepping up ticket inspection at stations, we have also organised an extensive publicity campaign to remind passengers on the use of right tickets. In the first half of this year, there were 3594 cases of fare evasion, which represented a 50 % decrease when compared to the 7059 cases of the first half of 1999. Most of the fare evasion cases were children aged 3 or above travelling without a ticket and adults travelling with a concessionary ticket. They had taken 33% and 28% of the total number of fare evasion cases respectively," said Mr Anthony Yan, Customer Services Manager of KCR East Rail.
"KCRC has consulted the East Rail Passenger Liaison Group members earlier this year about the need to increase surcharge. Members were of the view that the current level of surcharge was too low to have the necessary deterrent effect. They urged us to raise the surcharge substantially in order to safeguard the interest of passengers who pay the appropriate fare. We believe that the increased surcharge would serve as a strong deterrent to the fare evaders," Mr Yan added.
The Legislative Council passed the amendments to the KCRC By-laws on 14 June. As stipulated in the amendments, the maximum surcharge can reach HK$1,650, which is fifty times the highest standard class single journey fare (fare from Hung Hom to Lo Wu is $33).With the surcharge increased to HK$500, the penalty for fare evaders will be the same as the MTR Corporation.

KCRC By-laws on East Rail surcharge were first introduced in 1991 for the purpose to protect the interests of appropriate fare-paying passengers. A surcharge will be levied on passengers under the following conditions:

1. Adults or students aged 12 to 64 travelling with a concessionary ticket which is only for children and the elderly.
2. Children aged 3 or above travelling without a ticket.
3. Passengers travelling in the First Class without a valid First Class ticket.
4. Passengers travelling without a valid ticket or without ticket.
5. Passengers travelling with a time-expired ticket. (Tickets are only valid for 90 minutes after entry.)
6. Passengers travelling to Lo Wu without following the station instructions to obtain a quota when Lo Wu Ticket Quota System is implemented.