If you are travelling from a station that has the facility to purchase tickets it is a legal requirement that a ticket is purchased prior to travel. Railway Byelaw 18(1).
The DRPU deal with people accused of failing to pay their fare. The DRPU has a number of ways of dealing with passengers who have travelled without buying a ticket. The particular method will depend on the circumstances of each individual case. If you are suspected of fare evasion and an authorised member of Arriva Rail North's staff stops you and issues a notice to you it will be one of the following:
1.Unpaid Fare Notice
This is a request that payment of the unpaid fare is made within 21 days of the date of the notice. It may be issued when someone has travelled from a station without having bought a ticket or is unable to do so. Failure to respond to the notice within 21 days will result in the case being referred for prosecution.
2. Failure to Purchase Notice
This is a notice issued to people who travel from a station at which it is possible to buy a ticket but did not purchase a ticket before travelling. It is a legal requirement that tickets be bought before travel if they are available for purchase. The fare must be paid within 21 days of the date of the notice. Failure to pay will result in the matter being referred for prosecution. Receipt of two or more 'Failure to Purchase Notices' in a two year period will result in the matter being referred for prosecution.
If the employee who stops you does not issue a notice but takes your details for an incident report we will consider that report and then write to you. If we are proceeding with the incident we will offer to deal with the matter in one of the following ways. Either, a letter requesting the payment of the outstanding fare or a fixed penalty. In the case of a fixed penalty you must respond within 14 days of our letter. Occasionally the matter may be dealt with by way of a formal warning which also carries a £30 administration fee. If you do not reply within the appropriate timescale the case will be referred for prosecution.
We may also decide to offer to deal with the case by way of a fixed penalty after a case has been referred for prosecution. In any case involving a fixed penalty it allows the matter to be disposed of by the payment of a fixed amount of £80 providing the payment together with any outstanding fare is paid within 14 days of the date of our letter. Failure to respond to the offer of a fixed penalty is likely to result in the case being taken to court. Whether we choose to offer the option of a fixed penalty will depend on the circumstances of the incident.
4. Car Parking
Arriva Rail North Limited also protects revenue from its car parks as well as making sure that important safety access routes are kept clear, and that bad parking does not reduce the number of available parking spaces.
Drivers who do not park in accordance with the rules displayed in our car parks will be issued with a Penalty Parking Notice. The penalty is £50 and this must be paid within 14 days of the date of the Notice. If we do not receive a response to within 14 days the case will be referred for prosecution. In those circumstances the details of the registered keeper of the vehicle will be obtained from the DVLA.
Prosecutions in relation to fares, anti-social behaviour and car parking are brought in accordance with the provisions of the Regulation of Railways Act 1889 and the Railway Byelaws that were introduced in 2011 pursuant of the Transport Act 2000.