Illegal level crossing could now lead to €300 fine, prison sentence
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    Illegal level crossing could now lead to €300 fine, prison sentence

    A repeat offence means a tribunal could hand down a five-year prison sentence. Credit: Belga

    Railway infrastructure manager Infrabel has requested for non-uniformed police to perform checks near level crossings in Belgium over the next few weeks.

     Those who cross illegally might have to pay a fine or could even go to prison, according to reports from De Standaard, Het Nieuwsblad, the Gazet van Antwerpen and Het Belang van Limburg on Saturday.

    There will be nearly 90 checks in total across the country over the next two weeks. Securail agents (railway police) and local police will target the most dangerous level crossings.

    Anyone who is caught breaking the law when using a level crossing could be hit with a large fine or even a prison sentence. Crossing when the signals say not to is a first-level infraction. There is an €80 fine, but the terms of a new law state the person could receive a €300 administrative fine or a prison sentence.

    A repeat offence means a tribunal could hand down a five-year prison sentence.

    Sarah Johansson
    The Brussels Times