FOI request detail

Forcing the disabled gates open by travelers without a ticket on the tube

Request ID: FOI-1692-2122
Date published: 29 November 2021

You asked

I have been noticing more and more people forcing the disabled (large) doors open upon entering and existing tube stations in zone 2-4 lately. 1) Can you specify how many people got caught and prosecuted this year and last year for travelling without a ticket and forcing the entry / exit gates open on the tube network? 2) Same as above but specifically how many people were caught, investigated or prosecuted for forcing entry or exit at Perivale station?

We answered

TfL Ref: FOI-1692-2122

Thank you for your request received by us on 2 November 2021.

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and our information access policy.

Unfortunately we do not hold the information you have requested. If an individual pushes through the barrier or walks behind another paying individual so as to avoid paying their fare and are caught by our revenue inspectors, then we would prosecute these individuals for fare evasion. However the offence isn’t specifically recorded as involving pushing through the gate lines and therefore we cannot answer your specific question.

We take fare evasion extremely seriously and our team of hundreds of revenue inspectors operate across the whole network day and night, using new technology and intelligence to identify anyone travelling without a ticket. Through continued partnership working with the police and intelligence gathering we will push for the toughest penalties for anyone caught fare evading on our services.

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

Yours sincerely
Eva Hextall
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

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