Originally Posted by berneyarms
That does not prescribe how it is to be done, though.
There is absolutely nothing stopping Irish Rail from having a ticket checker on Intercity trains ensuring everyone has a correct ticket, rather than making the entire network a penalty fares area.
NTA set the rules and Irish Rail's funding is dependent on this. Irish Rail has indicated to the NTA that it will operate a national penalty fare policy to meet its obligation in contract.
Irish Rail is obliged to report quarterly on revenue protection matters.
The issue is not the policy its how edge cases are handled. We can argue all day but in this specific case the passenger did not hold a valid ticket, that fact is not denied by anyone.
The issue was the act of purchase which falls outside the penalty fares procedure per Rail Safety Act 2005