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    I see so many threads on prosections for fare evasion in all sorts of forums. I have started this petition because I think giving someone a criminal record, and often young people, for dodging a small amount of money for a fare, is just not right.
    As I explain in the petition I do not condone fare evasion and support all the methods currently used to deter it. However I just think it's fairer for rail companies to recover their loss with fines or through civil courts, rather than give someone a criminal record that affects their employability and ability to live and travel abroad.
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    It is theft. You are getting something for free whilst others have to pay. Yes that 60p to get on the bus you may not consider very much but if everyone avoided paying, we would have no bus services and the economy would very quickly start to collapse.
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    The current prosecutions departments already adds costs to the train companies so changing the arena for chasing the debt doesn't change anything. Also as I understand it the criminal courts would only award the train companies the cost of the fare dodged, the fine is paid to the court and used in cost of running the courts. If they used civil courts and slapped on interest and fines the revenue recovered would be all for the train companies.
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    (Original post by rliu)
    http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Par...tters/?nWIoPbb

    I see so many threads on prosections for fare evasion in all sorts of forums. I have started this petition because I think giving someone a criminal record, and often young people, for dodging a small amount of money for a fare, is just not right.
    As I explain in the petition I do not condone fare evasion and support all the methods currently used to deter it. However I just think it's fairer for rail companies to recover their loss with fines or through civil courts, rather than give someone a criminal record that affects their employability and ability to live and travel abroad.
    First of all almost no companies prosecute on first offence they often levy a small fine. However if you get caught twice they will pursue you that way. Quite frankly it is the same as stealing from a shop, person or company, I am glad that it is an offence and should stay one, otherwise the message we are sending out is that it is ok to steal.
 
 
 
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