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Public transport offences

Public transport offences relate to ticketing and behaviour on or near buses, trains and trams. You can be fined or charged for these offences.

There are laws relating to ticketing and behaviour on public transport.

These laws are enforced by authorised officers, including protective services officers. They may also be enforced by police officers.

If an authorised officer has reason to believe that you have committed or intend to commit a public transport offence, they have the power to issue you with an on-the-spot fine, an infringement notice, or they may charge you with the offence.

If you are charged, a magistrate can decide on your penalty in court.

Getting a fine

The Department of Transport and PlanningExternal Link manages fines for public transport offences, including the review process if you disagree with a fine you have been issued.

If you are fined, you will receive an infringement notice telling you what your offence was, the date you have to pay by and how to pay.

For more information about the infringements system and what happens if fines are not paid on time, see Fines and infringements.

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Reviewed 02 March 2023