Hi every one
I saw this wonderful website and that many other people had similar issue to me
I thought it would be good to post my issue here for advice.
on Tuesday 4th November I was stopped by a inspector on bus 31 because I was using my mum's 50% discount oyster
but this was a total mistake of me accidentally taking it because I though it was mine
since my mum have health problems
she tell me to fill up the card
and she takes out the photocard when she fills up the card.
I was going to college for a exam and
I thought I had money in my oyster
when I went on bus it said no money and
I was told get off
I ran back to home to ask my mum for money
she was not home
I saw a oyster on the table
I was really sure this was my oyster card because I have 2 cards that my mum occasionally top up for me
when I got on the bus and swiped it it said 70p taken and
I figured out it was mum card and bus had gone 1 stop before inspector stopped me
and took my details and took the card and told 10 days I get letter.
I have received a TFL letter 3 days after the incident
saying date time I was reported and that legal proceedings may be taken against me
and if I have anything to say and
I have written a 500 world explanation of my mistake of taking this card
and im about to post it today or tomorrow
reading some post and seeing the internet I see that TFL most the time prosecute people and they end up with a criminal record.
I heard you can settle outside court if they accept but what does that mean ?
does the money have to be paid at that point or is it monthly instalment or some type of agreement
I have no job no money and my parents have no money too
im really scared of what may happen.
I recently became 20 and I been in UK for about 5 years I
also don't have a single Pence in my bank
Im really scared if out of court settlement mean i give ££££ handed cash to the them and they will drop it.
All this happened because of the pressure and stress I had because of my very important exam and at the end I missed it but I im more worried about this case with TFL.
I have also read TFL points to prosecute and points to not prosecute and TfL will have regard to the following factors against prosecution and it seems Point b and e is in favour of me however im not sure about e.
The points that may lead to a prosecution from what I read mostly is G because I have paid for the service but with a discounted card so it cant be F wich is still not acceptable and point E im not sure because I don't know if that area is a high loss.
b) Where it appears that there has been a genuine mistake of fact
by the alleged offender.
e) Where, owing to circumstances beyond the offender’s control,
commission of the offence was unavoidable.
Points that they can prosecute me
g) The offender has unlawfully used or transferred a Freedom pass,
Staff Pass or other concessionary passes or travel documents
issued to named holders.
f) The offender has failed to pay for the service or failed to have
sufficient Oyster card credit before boarding a relevant service
e) The offence occurred in an area or on a service known to occasion
high revenue loss to TfL.