10 August 2000
KCR East Rail to strictly enforce Ticketing By-laws
A surcharge of $500 will be levied on student fare evaders
 
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) has successfully deterred passengers from fare evasion. With the implementation of the increased surcharge starting from 1 August, fare evasion figures have gradually decreased.
KCR East Rail carries out a comprehensive ticket inspection exercise at all stations once every month.In the first half of this year, an average of 180 fare evasion cases was recorded per operation, but in the last operation on 4 August, only 160 fare evasion cases were found. The figure represents a decrease of 11%.
There is a significant drop in the number of passengers travelling on First Class with standard class tickets. In the first half of the year, the average number of passengers found travelling on First Class without a valid First Class ticket was about 60 a day. Starting from 1 August, the number of passengers travelling on First Class without a valid First Class ticket has reduced to 10 cases a day.
According to records for the first half of the year, about 700 students aged over 12 were found travelling with concessionary tickets and were given a warning. It represented an average of 4 students abusing the use of concessionary tickets per day. Although an extensive publicity and education programme to remind passengers to use the right tickets has been carried out in the past months, fare evasion by students has not improved. In August, an average of 10 students were found travelling without an appropriate ticket per day. It is believed that most of these students are intentional fare evaders who hope to be let off with a warning.
In view of the growing trend of students aged over 12 abusing the use of concessionary tickets, KCR East Rail has decided to strictly enforce the ticketing By-laws to curb fare evasion and to safeguard the interest of other fare-paying passengers.
After the extensive publicity and education campaign, together with the posters and banners currently posted up at all stations and on trains, passengers should be well aware of our ticketing by-laws. Any students aged over 12 found travelling with concessionary tickets will be fined a surcharge of $500 immediately," said Mrs Tracy Lai, KCR East Rail Public Affairs Manager.