In an attempt to tackle antisocial behaviour, which has been on the rise in regards to rail transport, Irish Rail will be introducing on-the-spot fines.
A spokesperson for the company stated that the fines are being introduced in response to the rising number of antisocial incidents that have been taking place on trains since the Covid-19 pandemic began while adding that the fines would reduce administrations and costs incurred in taking people to court.
The spokesperson ‘Jane Cregan’ stated that the fines will supersede provisions under the Railway Safety Act 2005 which allow for a summons to be issued for either antisocial behaviour or the consumption of alcohol on trains.
Authorised Irish Rail officers will be undergoing training in order to issue the fines for incidents that include threatening behaviour, acting under the influence of drugs or alcohol, vandalism or theft.
A joint operation between Irish Rail and gardaí on the Dart and northern line services over the weekend resulted in 48 fines being issued and two arrests for fare evasion.