Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Top excuses for Northern Ireland passengers having no train ticket revealed

'My brother is a solicitor and you will be in big trouble'

Some of the top excuses for passengers having no train ticket have been revealed
Some of the top excuses for passengers having no train ticket have been revealed

A part-time police officer lost his job after attempting to travel on a train without a ticket.

He was among 92 rail passengers caught by operator Translink last year. A recent increase in the number of cases on the line to Jordanstown was linked to the start of the new university term.

The policeman's excuse when challenged was: "I am a part-time police officer, so I don't have to pay."

Between January and December last year 22 passengers were collectively fined £2,508 for irregularities like using an invalid ticket or staying on the train for a greater distance than paid for.

An additional 70 penalty fares of £20 were imposed for not buying a ticket.

The top excuses for fare evasion included:

:: "I am only travelling one stop."

:: "I bought a ticket earlier but I have lost it."

:: "I didn't hear the conductor asking if I needed a ticket - I was asleep, had my headphones on, was looking out of the window."

:: "You are a public service and I paid my taxes, now you are looking for more money."

:: "My brother is a solicitor and you will be in big trouble."

:: "I thought it was still 2011." (Student with a card which was a year out of date)

:: "I just bought the ticket before I got on the train, your machines must be wrong." (Out-of-date ticket)

:: "My mum/dad have paid for my ticket at the other end."

:: "My uncle is the line manager here." (Said to the actual manager)

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