Interdiction of riding a bicycle in a metro station



Diliana’s son was calmly talking with some friends… they got in the metro station entry and the guy got a ticket since there is an interdiction of riding a bicycle in a metro station…

The story :
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On April 22nd 2010, near 22h00, about ten teens (15-16 years old) were in the entry of the Outremont metro station. They got together on that night to have fun since the morning after was a school day off. It was cold and the exterior temperature was of 6 degrees and the teens wanted to talk more before heading home.

Amongst the teens, two guys and my son got a bicycle. While they were talking, they ride among the group without doing any moves or endangering the other safety. Two agents get in at that moment and get the three guys on their bicycle. My son gives his papers asked, and the other guy doesn’t have papers on him. They get to the Outremont station and get out ½ hour later with 93$ tickets from the STM, according to the regulation R-036 15K: “Interdiction of riding a bicycle (in a metro station)”.I thinking of pleading not guilty for the following reasons :

-    My son didn’t do any infraction, has a good behaviour and is a minor, a warning from the authorities could have been enough and the 93$ fine for infraction is abusive.
-    Furthermore, no signs of interdiction in the metro’s entry were posted.

What do you think ?

May 6th
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My opinion :

Here is the extract that concerns you :

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« The STM allows his passenger to travel with a bicycle, but there are rules to follow in order to avoid interrupting the circulation in the metro station entry and the car and to avoid putting at risk the safety of the other occupants”.

Metro’s client of 14years old or less, or with an adult if they are younger, can travel their bicycle from 10am to 3pm and after 7pm Mondays to Fridays and all day on Saturdays and Sundays and national holidays. They must take the first car and they cannot be more then 4 bicycles in the car.

When they get on and of the car, we ask to users with bicycles to leave the priority to the other users. During the trip, it is recommend to keep the bicycle close to you and to avoid putting it on furniture or seats. Furthermore, it is strictly defended to get on a bicycle to travel anywhere inside the metro station (…)”
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There it is… your son got on his bicycle and moved around, moves or not, he went against the law.

The knowing or not of the regulation, you know wont do anything to help his defence…

So other then hopping for a good judgement by a judge in a pretty good move, I don’t think you stand any chances of winning… unfortunately…

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