Taking the MTR is one of the most efficient ways of getting around Hong Kong. So to ensure a safe and smooth ride for all passengers taking the subway lines, there are a number of things every discerning passenger should be mindful of.
Some are quite obvious as labeled inside the carriages like for instance, improper use of emergency equipment carries a HK$5,000 fine and bringing in animals are subject to HK$2,000 fine.
While some are enforced strictly like requiring cyclists to disengage bicycle wheels when entering the MTR premises or barring entry of large musical instruments, there are those that are more relaxed — or shall we say harder to enforce — like fines for consumption of food or beverage (HK$2,000), failure to report lost property upon discovery (HK2,000) or failure to queue (HK$2,000). But we are wondering why there is none listed that is related to sexual assault or voyeurism.
In addition to the list of violations and punishments defined by MTR By-laws below, we suggest (with great inspiration from HK Magazine) the following passenger actions to be subject to fines or at least reprimand:
1. Nailclipping and preening in front of reflecting materials (for their own safety).
2. Exposure of uncovered armpits.
3. Bringing any foul-smelling entity.
4. Assaulting defenseless companions like little children or boyfriends.
5. Misuse of train accessories like handrails used for pole dancing or bars used to hang hammocks.
6. Delaying train operations by sticking handbag, limbs or similar obstruction.
7. Delaying passenger movement by not preparing Octopus cards in front of turnstiles.
Given that there are CCTV cameras inside the carriages, it’s easier to gather evidence against an offender.
Here’s the complete list of MTR violations and penalties.
|By-law||Summary of offence||Maximum penalty|
|4A||Bringing vehicles, animals, etc. across the railway premises||$5,000 fine and 6 months imprisonment|
|4B||Unauthorized structures||$5,000 fine and 6 months imprisonment|
|5||Damage to railway premises, plant and equipment||$5,000 fine and 6 months imprisonment|
|6||Sewage placed on railway premises||$5,000 fine and 6 months imprisonment|
|7||Depositing or throwing of rubbish, etc.||$5,000 fine and 6 months imprisonment|
|8||Improper use of emergency equipment||$5,000 fine|
|9||Wrongfully entering or leaving train||$2,000 fine|
|14||Entry and travel without a ticket||$5,000 fine|
|14A||Failure to pay fares, etc.||$5,000 fine|
|16(2A)||Wrongfully using machines||$5,000 fine|
|17(1)||Failure to hand in tickets||$5,000 fines|
|17(2)||Failure to produce a ticket||$5,000 fine|
|17(4)||Sale of tickets||$5,000 fine|
|18(1)||Damaging a ticket||$5,000 fine|
|18(2)||Using a damaged ticket||$5,000 fine|
|21||Non-compliance with notices, etc.||$2,000 fine|
|22||Feet placed on seats||$2,000 fine|
|23A||Fire hazard||$5,000 fine and 6 months imprisonment|
|24||Spitting and littere||$5,000 fine|
|25||Passenger causing a nuisance||$5,000 fine|
|26||Playing musical instruments, etc.||$2,000 fine|
|26A||Playing radios, cassettes, etc.||$2,000 fine|
|27(a)||Bringing prohibited items of luggage, etc.||$2,000 fine|
|27(b)||Consumption of food or beverage||$2,000 fine|
|28||Bringing animals||$2,000 fine|
|28A||Improper operation of equipment, etc.||$5,000 fine and 6 months imprisonment|
|28B||Climbing barriers, turnstiles, etc.||$3,000 fine|
|28C(1) and (2)||Entrance or exit by improper means||$3,000 fine|
|28C(4)||Failure to queue||$2,000 fine|
|28D||Entrance to trains by improper means or overloading||$5,000 fine|
|28E||Entry to restricted area||$5,000 fine and 6 months imprisonment|
|28G||Improper dressing||$5,000 fine|
|28H||Abusive language||$5,000 fine|
|28I||Flying materials endangering operations||$3,000 fine and 3 months imprisonment|
|29||Soliciting, etc.||$5,000 fine|
|30||Hawking||$5,000 fine and 6 months imprisonment|
|32||Bill posting, etc.||$5,000 fine and 3 months imprisonment|
|32A||Unauthorized display of materials for the purpose of advertisement, etc.||$5,000 fine|
|33||Motor vehicles left on railway premises||$4,000 fine|
|35||Failure of vehicle driver to comply with signs||$4,000 fine and 2 months imprisonment|
|36||Dangerous driving||$5,000 fine and 6 months imprisonment|
|37||Vehicles on certain parts of railway premises||$5,000 fine|
|38||Firearms||$5,000 fine and 6 months imprisonment|
|39||Dangerous goods||$5,000 fine and 6 months imprisonment|
|39B||Soliciting for handling of luggage||$5,000 fine|
|39D||Soliciting for handling of goods||$5,000 fine|
|40||Failure to report lost property upon discovery||$2,000 fine|
|41E||Entry to cross-boundary restricted area||$5,000 fine and 6 months imprisonment|
|41J||Failure of employee to surrender cancelled permit||$1,000 fine|
|41K||Failure of employer to surrender cancelled permit||$1,000 fine|
|41L||Failure of employer to notify and surrender permit||$1,000 fine|
|41M||Failure of permit holder to surrender permit upon cessation of employment||$1,000 fine|
|41P||Failure of permit holder to report loss of permit||$1,000 fine|
|41Q||Failure of employer to report loss of permit||$1,000 fine|
|41R||Failure to deliver lost permit upon discovery||$1,000 fine|
|42(1) and (1A)(a)||Failure to give particulars of name, address or telephone number or to produce proof thereof or of identity||$5,000 fine and 6 months imprisonment|
|42(1A)(b)||Giving false or misleading particulars of name, address or telephone number||$5,000 fine and 6 months imprisonment|