Belgian rail fights impunity with higher fines
Belgian railway company, NMBS/SNCB, is going to tackle impunity and will increase the fines for it. For smoking where it isn’t allowed and transporting dangerous objects people will get a 50 euro fine.
Fare dodging, the most common infringement, still costs 75 euro. Vandalism will be punished with a 100 euro fine and damaging infrastructure or jumping out of a moving train will lead to a 300 tot 500 euro fine. Recidivists will even pay more.
“We want to remove the feeling of impunity and improve safety in stations and aboard the trains”, says NMBS/SNCB. Once a train conductor, a platform worker or a safety agent of Securail has stated an infringement, an independent service will decide whether the infringer will be fined.
300 million euro
The new procedure should bring in more money for the railway company. Last year hardly one third the 363.000 registered infringements were actually paid. The amount of unpaid sanctions the past few years even went up to 300 million euro. Now that the transaction of the administrative sanctions no longer needs to pass by the public prosecutor, these kinds of losses should be avoided.