A crusading passenger went to court yesterday to rail against the KCRC, which had rejected his expired $5.20 ticket. Fung Yu-ming, 45, claims the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation is depriving people of the chance to 'air their grievances' by confiscating invalid tickets from passengers who may want to keep them as possible evidence. 'I only appear in court because I want the public to know about this unsatisfactory arrangement with the light rail,' he told Mr Justice Pang Kin-kee. 'What chance do citizens have to air their grievances against Light Rail Transit?' Fung had refused to pay a $260 surcharge after an assistant intercepted him travelling with a lapsed ticket on September 27 last year. The refusal cost him another $700 when he was convicted and fined by a Tuen Mun magistrate. Fung went before the Court of First Instance yesterday to fight the conviction. But Mr Justice Pang rejected his appeal, suggesting he take his complaints to the railway's public relations' office. Fung purchased the ticket after midnight on September 27, unaware that the last train had left the station. The commuter pocketed the ticket and tried to use it again the next morning as he travelled between Tuen Mun and Yuen Long. Fung claimed he had only intended to use the expired ticket once and then throw it away. 'I did not mean to get around paying the fare,' he told the court yesterday. On July 9, a Tuen Mun magistrate convicted him of travelling without an appropriate ticket and fined him $700. He had denied the charge. Barrister Christopher Grounds, for the rail company, said his client had spent a great deal of money wrangling over Fung's ticket, but had generously decided against demanding he pay their legal costs. Outside court, Mr Fung, a hairdresser, said: 'I admit this was my own fault, but after the KCRC took my ticket, they didn't explain very much to me. I will travel on the light rail again as I have no choice.'