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  • Ticket Fines a Sham
  • By Bill Kellaris - Yeppoon, QLD
  • Your Say - Herald Sun
  • 12/04/2014 Make a Comment (3)
  • Contributed by: LostinSpace ( 7 articles in 2014 )
MY son, a third-year student at James Cook University, arrived in Melbourne for the first time on his own to visit his brother, who has recently moved to Victoria.

He buys a concession ticket using his Australian university ID.

Wrongfully, he rests his leg on a seat in front and is approached and issued an infringement notice for $212.

When his ticket is checked he is issued another infringement notice for $212 as a Queensland University ID is not valid.

Being timid, he apologises and explains he has just arrived and honestly believed he would qualify, but this is to no avail.

The infringement notices were subsequently appealed and the "standard" response was issued declining the appeal.

A request to pay by installments was also declined and a 90 day extension offered instead.

We cannot afford to pay this ludicrous $424 fine as we fund his living on campus fees.

Try discussing this with the government department and the response is go to court or pay the fine.

Given the circumstances, a first warning would have sufficed. We are in no hurry to visit Victoria.

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    By:Billy from Vic, Australia on April 17, 2014 @ 9:21 am
    Just sent this via email to Dept. of Transport, whoever they really are. Will see what they respond with. All comments appreciated. Anybody have experience in writing up a good damages claim?

    Dept of Transport Reply
    By:Gerard B from NSW, Australia on April 14, 2014 @ 8:59 am
    Well done!! Yes fight back!! Lodging counter damage claims bigger than the fines themselves is a great way to wake people up to the huge amount of crime and harm that's being done daily destroying our families and people's lives.
    By:Pete Barry from Victoria , Australia on April 12, 2014 @ 3:01 pm
    Victorian Public Transport Infringement Notice
    My friend's daughter received a $212 fine for not carrying a concession ticket with her whilst on a public bus on her way to TAFE. She even had credit on her MYKI card. There was no intent to do harm let alone commit an offence. They didn't let her off with a warning or even give her say 7 days to present the concession card. Instead they humiliated her on a packed bus. She was in fact harmed.

    So what you say people, what is the best approach to handle these abhorrent fines by fascists at the root level?

    Department of Transport Victoria Fine Response

    All helpful comments or suggestions held in high regard. Thanks.


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