Railways: Fares

Transport written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received from (a) passengers or passenger groups and (b) train operating companies advocating changes to the Approved Penalty Fares Scheme; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Paul Clark Paul Clark PPS (Rt Hon Ed Balls, Secretary of State), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

The Department for Transport receives a small amount of correspondence from passengers, principally related to an individual's penalty fare or unsuccessful appeal against a penalty fare.

The statutory passenger representative bodies, London Travelwatch and Passenger Focus, have both approached the Department recently regarding a consultative review of the Penalty Fares Rules 2002. The Department intends to undertake such a review as provided for under regulation 11 of the Railways (Penalty Fares) Regulations 1994.

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