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From: "Roland Perry" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2007 3:32 PM
Subject: Re: [data-protection] Litter Louts
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at 16:50:23 on Tue, 9 Jan 2007, Peter Burgess <[log in to unmask]>
>As far as I am aware we have not yet decided in this country that
>public humiliation is an appropriate form of punishment for offenders -
>if and when we do so it should be as the result of national public
>debate, not at the discretion of individual councils, vigilante groups
>and right wing tabloids.
Central Trains has decided it's OK:
Posters naming and shaming the 88 offenders, who appeared in
court after failing to pay their £10 penalty fare, have been
placed at stations around Birmingham.
Nick Landau's response:
I previously responded to Chris Pounder's original post and most of the
following was contained in my original response.
The practice is referred to as an example of good practice in "March Update"
monthly newsletter from the (railway) industry's Community Safety Support
"300 fare dodgers caught
Metro operator Nexus caught 311 people riding the system without a ticket in
a four week period. The 311, from Tyneside and Wearside, were prosecuted
through the courts and ordered to pay a total of £41,750 in fines and costs.
Their names have now been added to prominently-displayed 'name and shame'
posters across the network. Director of
Metro, Ken Mackay, said: "There is a minority of people who think they can
get away with riding the system without
tickets but our success in gaining prosecutions proves they can't"
See also West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority Solihull Transport
Advisory Committee Minutes:
"Furthermore, Central Trains are also running a Name and Shame Campaign
where the names of persistent offenders will be displayed on posters at rail
stations and adverts within newspapers."
I note that the West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority is a public
organisation insomuch as it has a FoI Publication Scheme.
This says that:
"The West Midlands PTA is a joint authority made up of 27 Councillors
nominated by the 7 District Councils of Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley,
Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton, and determines public
transport policy and oversees finances, strategies and operations."
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