Traveling in AC without ticket is an offense –
According to the Central Railway, this includes fines of Rs 87.43 lakh collected from 25,781 passengers traveling without tickets in AC in local trains and Rs 5.05 crore from 1.45 lakh passengers traveling without tickets in first class coaches. So let us tell you what rules you should follow while traveling by train.
Traveling without ticket is an offense –
The most common offense is traveling without a ticket. If you are caught traveling without a ticket on Indian Railways, you will have to pay a fine. You will be asked to pay a minimum fine of Rs 250 along with the cost of the ticket for the distance covered by you. If you do not have the money or refuse to pay the fine, you will be handed over to the RPF and a case will be registered under section 137 of the Railway Act. RPF produces these passengers before the registrar, in which case a fine of Rs 1000 is imposed on them. Failure to pay the fine can also result in a jail term of 6 months.
Penalty for traveling on half ticket
There are many other rules of the railway, on which fine is imposed. Apart from traveling with half ticket, traveling in high class compartment with purchased ticket also attracts a fine of Rs 250. Apart from this, it is an offense to travel in a train under the influence of alcohol and to consume alcohol in a train. After this, you can either be deboarded from the train or be fined Rs 500 and imprisoned for six months.
Can’t even smoke –
Even if you don’t refrain from smoking in the train, you can still get into trouble. Yes, if a passenger traveling in a train is found smoking cigarette or beedi, then a fine of Rs 200 will be imposed on him. Apart from this, unnecessarily pulling the train chain also comes under the category of crime. According to Section 141 of the Indian Railways Act, doing so can lead to a jail term of up to 1 year or a fine of up to Rs 1,000 or both.
If you do not follow the rules of Indian Railways, then you may have to pay a fine of double to four times the amount of your ticket. Sometimes in such cases, even going to jail comes to the fore. So next time you travel by train, follow all the rules and be careful.