Cycling in Melbourne Australia
Today I was discussing bikes on trains with a train driver and he mentioned that I should never take my bike into the carriage directly behind the driver as this is reserved for disabled access.
I already knew this but did not know how stiff the fine was. He mentioned it was $300 and looking at the fines I expect it is this one: Exiting Or Entering Through Wrong Doorway (adult) $299. It seems if your bike is a folder and it is folded then you are ok (not sure if I want to test it in the first carriage though.
Also there are some other rules that you may or may not be aware of. Here is a link to the amount you can be fined for breaching various regulations. And here is a link to riles and regulations for Bikes and public transport.
I do not use public transport really but on the odd occasion I do it is nice to know the rules in advance.
Hope this is of some help.
Those rules only say that you cannot board with a bike by the door nearest the driver, not that you can't bring a bike into the first carriage through one of the other doors, or possibly even exit through the front door. Wouldn't be the first time that the operators of the transport have no idea what the rules of the same transport are.
Mind you, the page quoted isn't "the rules" its an interpretation of them, you'd need to go and find the actual legislation to see what the rules really are -- a bit like how the VicRoads website can give interpretations of "the rules" that don't exactly match what the Victorian road rules are.
I have no intention of travelling in the first carriage anyway however I was surprised how steep the fine is for breaking the rule.
You are correct regarding government websites, my hobby is ham radio and not commonly known is that Vicroads Rule 300 allows the use of twoway radios and handheld radio microphones whilst driving. Not a lot of law enforcers are aware of this rule and the few radio amateurs I know that have been pulled over for it the officer has had to check it up with command. Here is the rule that can easily be found but has no mention of twoway radios. Here is a link to the document (not easy to find) that has the complete Rule 300 starting on Page 354. Sorry it is a bit off topic but does confirm you statement regarding Interpretations of rules and the actual rules.
Interesting. I used to take my bike on the train sometimes when I worked in the city.
I don't recall which carriage I used. Probably one in the middle most times.
Some other things I picked up are:
They don't like it when you ride on the platform.
It's a lot harder to do a wheelie up the ramp at Eltham Station than I first thought.
And for all you fun police, no need for the "you're setting a bad example..blah blah" response... I am joking..
(it's really quite easy... hahahaha)