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Laws and obligations 


Unsafe behaviour

At Queensland Rail, we believe that all incidents can be avoided. They occur on the railway network because some people ignore important safety measures. Transport laws are designed to discourage this unsafe behaviour.

Breaches of the Railway Transport Laws include:

  • Crossing railway tracks other than at a designated crossing
  • Using crossings while warning signals/booms are operating
  • Riding vehicles such as bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates and scooters on a bridge or platform, or in a subway, designed for pedestrians that is on, or under, a railway
  • Entering or leaving a railway other than through a proper entrance or exit
  • Displaying a coloured light on or near a railway
  • Tampering with Queensland Rail property, such as buildings, or placing objects on the tracks
  • Failure to comply with these safety laws could result in an on-the-spot fine, or in some cases, having to appear in court.

Inappropriate Behaviour

Queensland Rail is committed to ensuring that all customers feel secure and comfortable while using our rail services.

Railway Transport Laws include:

  • No feet on seats
  • No drinking of alcohol
  • No smoking on trains
  • No creating a disturbance or nuisance
  • No loud music
  • No leaving bags or other obstructions in doorways and/or aisles No littering Graffiti & Vandalism Graffiti and vandalism of Queensland Rail property costs both Queensland Rail and the community millions of dollars each year. Under Section 469 of the Criminal Code wilful damage including both graffiti and vandalism can result in imprisonment.

If you see someone who is inflicting graffiti and or vandalism on Queensland Rail property report it to Queensland Rail staff or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 (24 hours)

Graffiti and vandalism includes unlawful:

  • Spraying
  • Writing
  • Drawing
  • Marking
  • Scratching or etching
  • Damaging
  • Applying paint or other marking substances Destruction.

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- 13 16 17 (within Aust)
- 0061 7 3072 2222 (outside Aust)

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If you have a hearing or speech impairment:
TTY: 07 3606 5800
- SMS: 0428 774 636

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