Big Fine Increase For Perth Train Surfing
A spate of dangerous train surfing incidents in Perth have prompted a dramatic increase in fines for trespassing on WA Public Transport Authority property.
Police are yet to find and charge a man who last month jumped from a train off the Fremantle Railway Bridge, narrowly missing a concrete pylon.
The video of the jump was widely circulated online.
The WA government plans to increase the maximum fine for serious trespassing incidents from $200 to $5000.
They also plan to enable transit officers to issue on-the-spot $200 fines. "There has been a number of recent high profile incidents that could have easily resulted in serious injury or death," Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said on Thursday.
"The recent train surfing and bridge jumping incident on the Fremantle Line is an example of the stupid behaviour we need to stop."
Ms Saffioti reminded pedestrians that walking on train tracks is illegal except at designated level crossings.
Also on Thursday, the minister announced trains on the Armadale Line will from June 30 begin stopping at Perth Stadium Station on weekends, even when events aren't on at the new venue.