Nottingham student fined £562 for using the wrong ticket to get to Beeston
The journey lasted less than 10 minutes
A Nottingham student has been ordered to pay over £500 in fines for having the wrong train ticket.
Parys Lanlehin was ordered by Nottingham Magistrates Court to pay a fine of £220, with £300 in prosecution charges and a £22 government surcharge. All of these fines were due to her attempting to take the train from Nottingham station to Beeston with the wrong ticket, and going in the wrong direction. The ticket normally costs £2.20 and the journey lasts less than 10 minutes.
She was also given a £20 penalty fee that was given to her after the conductor of the train requested to see her ticket and was then shown an invalid return ticket.
Parys was found guilty of these charges after she failed to attend a court hearing at Nottingham Magistrates Court, however before hand she signed an official document declaring she was unaware of the legal proceedings taking place in Nottingham. She was told to pay the fines in two weeks otherwise bailiffs may resort to repossessing items from her home to cover the payment.
Figures released this week shows that Ms. Lanlehin as well as 19 other passengers were charged £12,000 in court this week. The Citizens Advice Bureau stated on their website that travel without valid proof of purchase can lead to on the spot fines, a penalty charge at a higher rate than the original ticket and the risk of your personal details being passed on to debt collection agencies.