Travel and Concession Cards in South Australia
Disclaimer: The material in this factsheet is a general guide only. It is not legal advice. For legal advice about your own particular situation we encourage you to call the Free Legal Helpline on 1300 366 424. The legal information was correct at the time of publishing (April 2016), however may change without notice.
The Legal Services Commission gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the National Children’s and Youth Legal Centre in allowing the Legal Services Commission of South Australia to use and adapt existing content.
In this section you will find information on:
- Rules about tickets and concession cards
- Fines about behaviour on public transport
- Offences to do with messing with public transport vehicles, tracks, signs, and signals
Rules about tickets and concession cards
When can I get free travel?
You can travel for free on public transport in South Australia if you are under 5! If you are reading this, the chances are that it is not you.
If you are under 15, you can get discounted travel on a Student Metrocard or a Student Metroticket without a concession card.
If you are over 15 and in full time secondary school, you can get discounted student fares. You need to make sure you have a Secondary School Card on you at all times while you travel. If you don’t have your student card on you then you will likely have to pay full price for a ticket. If you don’t have a card, you should talk to your school or study program about getting one.
If you study full time at university or TAFE, you can also travel a discounted Student Metrocard or a Metroticket. You will need to carry your University ID card on you at all times when you travel. If you don’t carry your university ID on you and you use a student ticket or student metrocard, you can be fined ($160).
Fines about behaviour on public transport
Public transport includes trains, buses, trams, the O-bahn, a taxi, or any other vehicle that ISs used for public transport.
What are some of the things I can get in trouble and fined for doing on public transport?
- Behaving in a way that is considered disorderly or offensive while in or on a public transport vehicle (this could include swearing, using loud voices, playing loud music, play fighting etc.) They can also ask you to get off the public transport vehicle if they think you are behaving in this way, and if you don’t then you might have to pay a further fine.
- Riding in between carriages on a train or any area not designed for passengers.
- Interfering with a driver or unreasonably distracting them.
- Putting your bags or anything else somewhere that could cause another passenger risk.
- Drinking alcohol or having alcohol in an open container on public transport (or a station) without the driver of the vehicle giving you permission.
- Eating food or drinking on public transport unless you are stopping it from spilling onto the vehicle.
- Eating food or drinking on public transport after an authorized person (ticket inspector, employee of Adelaide Metro, police officer) has asked you to stop.
- Letting a part of your body or any other object stick out of a public transport vehicle window or door.
- Getting on or off a public transport vehicle while the vehicle is moving.
- Standing on a seat, putting your feet on a seat or placing your foot against a seat in public transport.
- Throwing up on, dirtying, or doing anything that makes a public transport vehicle unclean so that it needs to be cleaned or deodorized before it can be used again – if the driver demands it you must pay a fee of $88 as well as any other fine you may get.
- Being a nuisance, annoying, disturbing, or interfering with the comfort of another person while in a public transport vehicle or at a station.
- Taking anything that is likely to get in the way or annoy another person into a public transport vehicle or a station.
- Stopping or deterring another person from siting on an empty seat on a public transport vehicle or at a station.
- Getting in the way of passengers being about to get on or off a public transport vehicle, or refusing to get out of the way when a ticket inspector/transit police/security guard/employee of Adelaide Metro asks you to.
- Do something that interferes with the controls or equipment attached to a public transport vehicle or any ticket validator.
- Throw or catapult anything while in a public transport vehicle or at a station.
- Throw or catapult anything from a public transport vehicle or at a public transport vehicle.
- Get on or off a public transport vehicle through a window, or get on or off through a door that is not facing a platform, get on a bus through the door marked exit only, or open a locked door of a public transport vehicle.
- Bring an animal on board a public transport vehicle without permission from an employee of Adelaide Metro or transit police (this does not apply to bringing on working animals that assist people with disabilities, such as guide dogs).
- Bringing a bicycle or surfboard on board a train if you haven’t paid for a ticket for it (note: you aren’t allowed to bring a bicycle or surfboard on a train if there isn’t enough room for one).
- Carry a dangerous or offensive object or substance (such as a knife, lighter fluid, or something that could explode) or cause a dangerous or offensive object or substance to be carried on to a public transport vehicle (without permission from an employee of Metro Adelaide or the police).
- Not letting an employee of Adelaide Metro or the police look into your bag or parcel if they reasonably suspect that it may contain a dangerous or offensive object or substance.
- Taking or siting in a seat that is reserved for people with a disability while there is a person with a disability who would like to sit on the seat.
- Taking someone else’s abandoned property from a public transport vehicle or station and not giving it to the driver or someone who works at Adelaide Metro.
- Riding a bicycle, scooter, skateboard, roller-skates, roller-blades (or similar) or riding, leading or tying up an animal (other than a guide dog) on a public transport station or platform (without the permission of the driver).
- Littering or putting any kind of rubbish anywhere other than bins, or setting fire to bins.
- Abandoning property on a public transport.
- Doing Graffiti (writing, drawing, painting, marking) or sticking words, images or posters on any part of a public transport vehicle or anything in a station or platform area
The fines for each of these range between $88 - $210 and may increase.
What about if I don’t buy a ticket or pay the right fare? What other things can I get fined for to do with tickets or concession cards?
- Not paying the appropriate fare or charge for travel.
- Not buying a ticket as soon as you get on/in public transport if you don’t already have a ticket (if you can prove that you honestly made a mistake then you won’t have to pay the fine).
- Not getting off or out of a vehicle once you have arrived at the point you paid the fare or charge for.
- Using a student card, ticket, or concession card that is not yours or is out of date (if you can prove that you honestly made a mistake then you won’t have to pay the fine).
- Not validating your ticket every time you get on a public transport vehicle if there is a ticket validator somewhere on the vehicle (unless you can prove that you did not have a proper opportunity to validate your ticket or you didn’t validate out of an honest mistake).
- Using someone else’s ticket that has already been validated so that you don’t have to buy a ticket.
- Not leaving a station platform, concourse or other area of the station once a ticket inspector/security guard/ employee of Adelaide Metro/ police officer has asked you to leave.
- Not giving your ticket to a ticket inspector/security guard/ employee of Adelaide Metro/ police officer if they ask to have it from you because they suspect that you have given them an invalid ticket, student ID or concession card or one that is not yours.
Fines of $160 currently apply to each of the above, however these may increase.
When can a ticket inspector or police officer ask for my ID?
If you are on a public transport vehicle, platform, concourse, or other part of a public station and a ticket inspector/employee of Adelaide Metro/security guard/police officer asks to see your ticket, student identification card, or your concession card you must show them when asked – if not, you will get a fine.
It is unlawful to give them a fake name or address.
Remember, if you are asked by a police officer who is wearing plain clothes; ask to see the official identity card of the officer.
What can a ticket inspector, security guard, transit police officer, or employee of Adelaide Metro ask me to do?
They can ask you to get off a public transport vehicle if they think that you have behaved in a disorderly or offensive way.
You can also be banned from getting on public transport vehicle or a platform/station for a period of time, or asked to leave.
You can also be told not to board or to leave a public transport vehicle if:
- You are drunk or drug affected so much that they think you might cause discomfort, offence or embarrassment to other passengers.
- You are abusive or acting in a threatening way.
- The vehicle is displaying a “FULL” sign because there is no more room.
- They think you are not dressed properly, or that your clothes might cause other people offence or are likely to get a part of the vehicle or station/platform dirty.
- If you haven’t paid the appropriate fare or charge.
If you are asked to leave a vehicle and you have already paid for a ticket, you are not entitled to get a refund.
If the police give you a ‘transit barring order’ (which means that you are barred from travelling on public transport or being in or around public transport stations), then it is important to get legal advice so you can understand what you are specifically allowed/not allowed to do. It is an offence to disobey a transit barring order.
What happens if I disobey an instruction?
You can get a fine for not following the reasonable directions of an employee of Adelaide Metro or a transit police officer while in a public transport vehicle or a platform or station.
If you’ve been told to get off a public transport vehicle because you’re behaving in a disorderly or offensive manner and you don’t get off, then a police officer or someone working for Adelaide Metro (like a security guard) is allowed to use reasonable force to get you off the vehicle.
Offences to do with messing with public transport vehicles, tracks, signs, and signals
What kinds of things can I get in trouble for?
There are a range of general offences to do with messing with public transport vehicles, tracks, signs, and signals. If you do the following things you will get have to pay a fine or get in more serious trouble with police:
- Throwing or placing objects that might stop or interfere with public transport vehicles.
- Mucking about with any structure, equipment, sign or notice that is made to help keep the operation of public transport service safe.
- Do anything to stop or get in the way of the normal operation of a public transport service.
- Damaging or defacing (e.g. by marking, tagging or spray painting) a public transport vehicle, or any structure, equipment, materials, sign or notice that has to do with a public transport service. If you have to go to court and you are convicted of doing any of these things, you might have to pay compensation for any damage that you have caused.