Fare evasion is a criminal offence and you may be prosecuted. If convicted, you will:

  • Get a criminal record
  • Pay a fine of up to £1,000
  • Pay compensation for fares avoided
  • Pay a victim surcharge
  • Pay prosecution costs

Court proceedings

If you're prosecuted, you'll receive a notice in the post that your case will be heard in Court.

You should reply to the Court with your plea, financial situation and any mitigation. If you don't reply, your case will be heard without you and this could mean you have to pay a higher fine.

Help with your case

Get your case reopened

If you've been prosecuted and weren't aware of the proceedings against you, you can make a statutory declaration to get your case reopened in the magistrates' court.