I don't know if anyone can help, or if anything can be done,
my problems are twofold.
I received a Penalty Notice in October due to not showing a valid ticket.
I purchased an off peak travelcard for all zones to travel across South London for the evening.
The travelcard was purchased at a Southern Network Rail station just before getting on a bus to a London Overground Station.
I then travelled two stops on the train and got off where
I was stopped by inspectors who informed me that I had purchased a ticket for the wrong date (the next day).
I realised that in my rush as well as being on the phone trying to sort an issue,
I must have pressed the next day on the machine which I purchased the ticket from
but understood that as it was a genuine mistake I would have to purchase another travelcard.
To my surprise, the ticket inspector informed me then that I would be liable to pay a penalty fare due to not having a ticket to show.
I explained that I just did not look at at the ticket when I got it,
I did not attempt to evade a fare and this was not even the end of my journey as I still had to get on the Underground,
I also presented my ticket to the driver of the bus and unfortunately the barriers were open at the London Overground Station
where I got on the train so would never have used the ticket had I have been made aware.
I have appealed the penalty fare,
but it was rejected on the grounds that it is my responsibility and I should have let a member of staff know before I travelled.
I presented my ticket to a bus driver before any train travel
and I had obviously purchased a ticket just before I was about to travel,
does this amount to fare evasion??
I have now been given 14 days as of last week Tuesday to 2nd Appeal but also to pay the fine.
It is however not clear if I must pay the fine and appeal at the same time,
or appeal and if rejected again, then pay the fine.
I also want to ask if it is worth my time appealing again, or let it go I guess.