A transit officer is not a police officer, but they are employed by the government to patrol buses and bus stations and have the power to issue on-the-spot fines.
If you’re on a bus, train or tram and a police officer wants to speak to you, their powers are governed by the ordinary police laws.
A transit officer is allowed to ask for your name and address if they reasonably believe you’re breaking the law. They must tell you why they’re questioning you, and should record it as soon as possible.
A transit officer can ask to see your ticket and identification, including a concession card if you have one.
If you break the rules about travelling on public transport, you can be fined.
Some of things you might be fined for are:
A transit officer does not have any power of arrest beyond an ordinary person.
If they witness you committing a crime, they may use reasonable force to detain you until the police arrive.
Transit officers do not have the power to search you or confiscate your property.
A transit officer may direct you to get off a bus if they reasonably believe you’re breaking the law. Failure to do so might result in you getting a fine.
Only a police officer can physically remove you from the bus.
If you believe a transit officer has done the wrong thing, you should make a complaint online here.
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