If you’re one of those people who regularly feels their blood boiling over “disrespectful” passengers who refuse to shift their bags on trains or stick their dirty feet all over the seats on the bus, then the latest initiative announced by Queensland government will have you cheering inside.
The state government have amended their passenger transport legislation to extend fines already imposed on trains to other forms of public transport, such as trams and buses.
That means that anyone caught sticking their dirty runners on the upholstery or “improperly” using the vehicle’s seats will be handed an on the spot fine of as much as $261.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey told the Courier Mail he wants to support those who use the state’s transport system.
“It is basically aligning the penalties across different modes of transport,” he told the newspaper. “Same offence, same penalty.
“It’s a $261 fine for using seats improperly though in most cases warnings are issued. If you’re larger than average you won’t be fined for that and never will be.”
The changes, which are set to come into effect in the state this weekend, will also see it become illegal to litter on or in public transport infrastructure. The new rules will be enforced by existing network officers who patrol the trains and stations regularly.
While the crack down on anti-social behaviour seemed to be welcome news, some readers commented that the fines would not be enforced, leaving people free to continue behaving as they wish.
Commenting on the Courier Mail’s story, one user said: “These laws are never enforced anyway, people seem to do as they please on public transport without fear of consequences. Transport staff are too cowardly to confront anyone about their behaviour, which in turn contributes to the growing lack of respect we see in the community.”
Mr Bailey added: “It’ll be enforced by the usual officers making sure that standards are maintained. As the vast majority of people do, if you use public transport respectfully you won’t get fined for anything. We have to ensure people don’t behave inappropriately.”