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View the Spring / Summer 2013 issue of the Northern customer magazine

Fines and penalties

Penalties

We are committed to a firm but fair approach in preventing and reducing the level of fare evasion and anti-social-behaviour offences on our services and at our stations.

Additionally we protect our car parks; Penalty Parking Notices are issued by dedicated officers to vehicles failing to comply with the rules posted at Northern managed car parks.

If you are caught breaking *Railway rules and regulations you may receive a Fixed Penalty or we may prosecute you.

* Railways and Tramways, Regulation of Railways Act 1889: Shall be liable on a summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 (£1,000) on the standard scale. Or in the discretion of the court to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months.

  Railway Byelaw offences: Shall be liable on a summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 (£1,000) on the standard scale.

1. Stopped and reported

If you have been stopped and had your details taken by an authorised member of Northern Rail staff, we will contact you by post in due course.

2. Formal warning

We have taken the more lenient step of issuing you with a warning. You may also be requested to pay an outstanding fare and an administrative charge of £30.

  • Following the date of the letter any further occurrence or your failure to respond to this letter will result in the matter being referred for prosecution.

3. Unpaid fares notice

The payment of the outstanding fare (only) must be made within 21 days of your receipt of the notice. If you do not pay within 21 days there will be an administrative charge of £30.

  • Failure to pay after this stage will result in the matter being referred for prosecution.

4. Failure to purchase

You have travelled from a station where ticket purchasing facilities were available and functional at the start of your journey. You have 21 days in which to pay the outstanding fare (only) shown on the notice.

  • Failure to pay after this stage will result in the matter being referred for prosecution.

5. Fixed penalty

The decision has been taken to dispose of this matter by way of an £80 Fixed Penalty. This notice offers you the opportunity of discharging any liability to conviction for an offence by payment of the Fixed Penalty within 14 days from the date on the letter. You may also be requested to pay an outstanding fare.

  • Failure to pay after this stage will result in prosecution.

6. Penalty parking notice

This notice carries a £50 penalty to be paid within 14 days following its issue. Failure to make payment in the specified timescale may result in you incurring an increase in the penalty and an administration fee. Failure to respond will result in the registered owner's details being requested from the DVLA.

  • Failure to pay the Penalty after notification will result in the matter being referred for prosecution.

Appeals and disputes

Northern Rail operates a robust independent appeals service that covers all alleged offences. Northern Rail will consider any dispute or appeal from the commission of any alleged offence up to and including the day of a court hearing.

  • Unpaid Fares Notice / Failure To Purchase - appeals should be made within 21 days from the date of receipt. No disputes will be settled by telephone, they will only be accepted in a written statement.

    • Post: ITAL, PO Box 212
      Petersfield GU32 9BQ

  • Fixed penalty - appeals should be made within 14 days. If the decision has been made to dispose of your matter by way of Fixed Penalty your refusal to accept that decision may result in the matter being listed for prosecution.
  • Penalty parking notice - appeals should be made within 14 days from the date of issue. No disputes will be settled by telephone, they will only be accepted in a written statement.

Payments

  • Unpaid fares notices - failure to purchase - fixed penalty

    • Telephone: 24-hour payment service - 08445 444 974

      Internet: www.ircas.co.uk

      Post: Make cheques and postal orders payable to ITAL
      ITAL, PO Box 212
      Petersfield
      GU32 9BQ

      Information Line: 08445 448 458
  • Penalty Parking Notices

    • Telephone: Monday to Friday 09:00 - 16:00 - 01904 568181

      Internet: www.paynr.co.uk

      Post: Cheques and postal orders made payable to Northern Rail Ltd
      Debt Recovery and Prosecution Unit,
      Northern Rail Limited,
      FREE POST NEA 3188,
      Bradford, BD1 1BR

For further information see; Northern Rail Adobe acrobat file Protection, Enforcement & Prosecutions Policy and our Adobe acrobat fileSummons Information Sheet

For complaints contact; customer.relations@northernrail.org

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