Public transport fines expanded
PUBLIC transport passengers could be slapped with a $261 fine if they use more than one seat or if they put their feet up, under new laws to roll out across the state this weekend.
It will also become illegal for anyone to litter on or in public transport infrastructure.
In a bid to align penalties across different modes of public transport, the State Government's Transport Operations Passenger Transport Regulation 2018 has been adjusted.
While it is currently an offence to put your feet on a seat of a train or to occupy more than one seat, it does not apply across other transport modes.
It will become illegal to do so on a bus or light rail vehicle unless the person has the permission of the operator or driver.
A person will not be discriminated against because of their weight or size.
It is also currently illegal to leave litter on a busway, busway transport infrastructure or light rail platforms.
However, under the new adjustments you could be slugged with a $130 fine if you litter across any public transport including buses, bus stations and on light rail vehicles.
Do you think about how you sit on public transport?
This poll ended on 29 September 2018.
Yes, I'm always aware of how I behave.
No, you should be able to sit how you like.
You should be respectful, but shouldn't be fined that much.
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Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said it was important to offer support for people who used public transport.
"It is basically aligning the penalties across different modes of transport," he said.
"Same offence, same penalty."
Mr Bailey said if someone placed their dirty feet on a tram, train or bus seat, the penalty should be the same.
"It's a $261 fine for using seats improperly though in most cases warnings are issued," he said.
"If you're larger than average you won't be fined for that and never will be."
Mr Bailey said existing senior network officers would enforce the new provisions.
"They (officers) roam around fairly regularly," he said.
"It'll be enforced by the usual officers making sure that standards are maintained.
"As the vast majority of people do, if you use public transport respectfully you won't get fined for anything.
"We have to ensure people don't behave inappropriately."