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Broke rules while travelling on train? Here're fines you may have to pay

From littering and crossing train tracks to travelling without a ticket, here's a list of things individuals do to disobey the rules and the consequences they face


No one is permitted to smoke on a train, and anyone caught doing so would be fined Rs 200

BS Web Team New Delhi

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Indian Railways is one of the greatest methods to tour a country like India, which has various cultures and a rich history. The Indian Railways is the world's largest train network, with over 7,000 stations and over 23 million passengers travelling every day; it is a gigantic organisation with a system of rules and regulations that travellers must follow.

Here are the most important Indian Railway rules that every passenger should be aware of:

1) If anyone is caught travelling by train without a ticket, then he or she shall face imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or a maximum fine of Rs 1,000. The minimum amount of the fine is Rs 250, along with the cost of the ticket for the distance the perpetrator has travelled.

2) In this age of online tickets, a passenger must present an authentic ID together with the e-ticket. If you don't have an ID to provide when the ticket checker comes to check your e-ticket, the ticket checker will consider you to be travelling without a ticket, and the same regulations and penalties as indicated above will apply.

3) If a person has been caught travelling in a class higher than that for which he has obtained a pass or purchased a ticket, he or she must pay any difference between the fare paid by the person and the fare payable in respect of the journey the person has made, as well as an excess charge.

4) If you have a youngster who is travelling without a ticket, you must pay a minimum penalty of Rs 250 as well as additional penalties.

5) If someone travels on a train drunk, or drinks while travelling, then the person will be removed from the train, fined Rs 500, and even imprisoned for a period of six months.

6) No one is permitted to smoke on a train, and anyone caught doing so would be fined Rs 200.

7) According to Section 141 of the Indian Railways Act, anyone who stops a train by pulling the emergency chain without a good reason will face imprisonment for up to one year or a fine of up to Rs 1,000, or both.

8) If someone crosses the railway track or enters a platform without a ticket or permission, he or she can face a fine of Rs 1,000 or imprisonment.

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First Published: May 26 2023 | 6:43 PM IST

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