GHANA RAILWAY CORPORATION ACT - 1977 (SMCD 95)

    Section - 27 - Offences.

    (1) Any person who-

    (a) contravenes any provision of this Decree for which no penalty has been provided or any regulation made thereunder or any direction given by the Corporation;

    (b) fails to pay or evades or attempts to evade payment of any rate, charge, due or payment for any services rendered by the Corporation;

    (c) makes either knowingly or recklessly any statement which is false in any material particular in any return, claim or other document furnished to the Corporation or to any of its officers or other employees; or

    (d) obtains by false pretences or other fraudulent means, or counterfeits, forges or alters any ticket, order, receipt, pass or other document of the Corporation or any of its officers or other employees, shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding five hundred cedis or to imprisonment not exceeding twelve months or to both.

    (2) The Court on convicting a person under subsection (1) (b) of this section may order him in addition to any punishment awarded to pay the Corporation a sum not exceeding double the amount he was originally to pay.

    (3) Any person who on a railway-

    (a) trespasses or being a trespasser refuses to leave after being warned to do so by an officer or other employee of the Corporation;

    (b) is drunk or disorderly, or behaves in an offensive manner to the annoyance of others;

    (c) commits a nuisance or act of indecency or uses profane, indecent or abusive language;

    (d) writes, draws, or affixes any profane, indecent or abusive word, matter, representation or character upon any property used by the Corporation;

    (e) wilfully and without lawful excuse interferes with the comfort of any passenger or other person or extinguishes any lamp or light, not being a signal;

    (f) knowing or being in a position to know that a coach compartment, room or other place is reserved for the exclusive use of males or females or different classes of persons enters it without lawful excuse or having so entered remains therein after having been requested by an officer or other employee of the Corporations to leave;

    (g) refuses to obey a lawful request of an officer or other employee of the Corporation;

    (h) fails to deliver at the earliest opportunity any property found by, and not belonging to, him or removes such property;

    (i) carries, places or houses, except in accordance with regulations made under this Decree, a loaded firearm of any kind or any receptacle containing any inflammable, explosive or corrosive gas, liquid or spirit or any dangerous or offensive goods;

    (j) without the permission of the Corporation, hawks, sells or exposes or offers for sale any goods or touts, plies for, or solicits, custom or employment of any description;

    (k) without lawful excuse, loiters or remains on such railway;

    (l) does or attempts to do anything which may cause injury to persons;

    (m) wilfully gives a false name or address to a police officer or an officer or other employee of the Corporation for the purpose of avoiding prosecution; or

    (n) wilfully molests, hinders or obstructs an officer or other employee of the Corporation in the execution of any work to be done with reference to the construction or maintenance of a railway;

    shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding five hundred cedis or to imprisonment not exceeding twelve months or to both.

    (4) Any person who on a railway-

    (a) wilfully damages, injures, defaces or in any way interferes with any property of the Corporation;

    (b) wilfully obstructs any work, way, rolling stock or any other property of the Corporation;

    (c) removes or attempts to remove from a railway any property of the Corporation or permits any such property to be unlawfully in his possession or on his premises;

    (d) discharges any firearm, or throws anything likely to damage any property of the Corporation or obstructs, or injures any one engaged in working on or near a railway;

    (e) smokes in a goods shed, warehouse, or such other place on a railway in proximity to any goods or inflammable material where notices prohibiting smoking are exhibited; or

    (f) makes use of any form of artificial heat for sealing or repairing petrol or kerosene tins upon a railway in a place not specially assigned for such purpose;

    shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding five hundred cedis or to imprisonment not exceeding twelve months or to both.

    (5) Any person who-

    (a) being a passenger, resists the lawful entry of another passenger into a coach or a compartment not reserved by the Corporation for the use of the passenger resisting, or not already containing the maximum number of passengers to be carried therein;

    (b) smokes in a compartment or other part of a train where smoking is prohibited in that compartment or part;

    (c) enters or leaves or attempts to enter or leave a train while it is in motion, or opens any outer door of any coach on a train while it is in motion;

    (d) at any time enters or leaves or attempts to enter or leave a train otherwise than by the door provided for the purpose on the side of the train adjacent to the platform or other similar place appointed by the Corporation as a place for persons to enter or leave a train;

    (e) travels in the part of a train not intended for the use of passengers;

    (f) being a passenger, without reasonable cause, makes use of or interferes with any means provided by the Corporation for communication between passengers and an officer or other employee of the Corporation in charge of or concerned in the running of a train;

    (g) being a passenger who to his knowledge is suffering from an infectious or contagious disease enters or travels upon a railway in contravention of regulations under this Decree;

    (h) being an officer or other employee of the Corporation and knowing that a person is suffering from an infectious or contagious disease, wilfully causes that person to travel upon a railway without arranging for his separation from other passengers;

    (i) takes any bird, dog or other animal into any train except in accordance with regulations under this Decree; or

    (j) spits upon the floor of any carriage or compartment of a train, or on any station building or public place on a railway;

    shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding two hundred cedis or to imprisonment not exceeding six months or to both.

    (6) Any person who-

    (a) does any act which obstructs or might obstruct the working of a railway, or endangers or might endanger the lives of persons travelling thereon;

    (b) without lawful authority moves rolling stock on a railway or leaves it on any part of a railway;

    (c) without lawful authority moves any signals, points, wires, sleepers, rails, stop-blocks machinery or equipment on a railway, or shows any signal likely to mislead or hides any signal or light;

    (d) unlawfully throws anything or causes anything to fall or strike against, into or upon any part of the train, with intent or with knowledge that he is likely to endanger the safety of any person being in or upon any part of the train;

    (e) wilfully or negligently crosses any railway track or railway line; or

    (f) counsels the doing of, or assists or aids in doing, an act mentioned in this subsection, shall be guilty of second degree felony.