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alleged train fare evasion

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2y, 3m agoPosted 2 years, 3 months ago
hello everyone hope your all good
a couple months ago i got on the train to do my usual journey from downham market to kings lynn on a sunday mornng the ticket should of been £3 but i could not buy a ticket as the ticket machine was not working, an then once i got to king's lynn i got in que to pay the ticket inspector however que was quite long so i attempted to leave the station to pay at the ticket office (which was situated outside) at which point the ticket insepctor stopped me an started writing out a penalty fare notice, i then got a letter a month letter asking for £50 to which i asked if i could set up a weekly payment plan of £10 a week but they would not accept this saying they only accepted payment inful but as im not working at the moment i cant afford, now i have a received another letter this morning asking for £76.10 and saying that i have taken no action against this penalty fare which is untrue i have attempted to make payment but they wouldnt accept.

is there anything i can do to get the amount reduced or to get them to accept a weekly payment plan?
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2y, 3m agoPosted 2 years, 3 months ago

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You didn't wait in the queue to pay I can't really see what comeback you have against them. You say you were trying to get to the ticket office but the way they're looking at it once you're outside there's nothing to stop you disappearing without paying.
Id go to your local CAB. They should be able to help you x
Its own fault for leaving the ticket inspector and leaving to go outside this could mean your evading the inspector nor did you let the inspector know what your your bang to rights really, why didnt you pay the penalty notice straight away or wrote in for a review and explain yourself....instead of leaving it a month.
i tried to explain to the inspector thats what i was doing as the que was much shorter, i didnt pay the fare straight away as couldnt afford it on the day, an then after a week i forgot about it untill i got the letter requesting the 50 quid which is when i tried to pay using the payment plan, im not trying to get away with this i just cant afford to pay that much all in 1 go, so surely they should accept the payment plan.
When you asked to pay weekly did you do it in writing?
If so I would write to them again referring to your previous offer to pay the £50 in instalments, and enclose the first payment. If you offered to pay in instalments I think it's a bit unreasonable of them to up the fine.
If they did try to persue the matter and you are not working or have very little income you would probably get a court order to pay back a minimal amount weekly, so they are much better off if you pay back at say £10 a time.

I would always deal with things like this in writing, keep copies of letters you send and send them by signed for delivery.
No i spoke to them on the phone and they dismissed it straight away out of hand, im not very good at writing letters is there anywhere i can get templates to write in this situation, the letter ive received today says that ive failed to respond to them which is false as i called and spoke to them and there now starting legal proceedings
It is very sad that the people who can least afford it are fined and charged the most.
yes all this for a fare of 3 pound that i never tried to get out of paying
thanks PD101

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