Offenders will face threat of jail and hefty fines instead of verbal warnings The KCRC is to get tougher on passengers who jump onto its tracks, with offenders facing up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine instead of the usual verbal warning. The corporation is determined to crack down after the number of passengers caught increased from 27 in 2003 to 37 last year. No one was reported for prosecution. Nine trespasses occurred in the first three months of this year; four involving tourists. People involved in two of the nine cases will be prosecuted. The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation's safety and quality control manager, Alex Lau Hing-hon, warned that the corporation would step up prosecutions against those who violated the by-laws. The company will also run a public education campaign on passenger safety over the next two weeks. 'We will step up prosecutions two weeks from now,' Mr Lau said during a safety campaign at Hunghom station. 'We will strictly exercise the power authorised to us by the by-laws. Most people who unlawfully go on to the railway tracks want to take a short cut to the platform on the opposite side. They are not familiar with our company's by-laws.' He said the corporation was still studying the feasibility of installing screen doors but had reservations because of the technical problems involved. 'The compartments of the through-trains and trains carrying goods are wider than our trains, so the gap between the platform and the screen doors would be very wide, which may cause a danger to passengers if they are trapped in between,' he said. In January, a mainland visitor was killed by a train at Sheung Shui station after climbing onto the track to get to the opposite platform. Her son was seriously injured after getting stuck between the train and the platform. A KCRC spokesman then said there was no need for any additional safety measures because passengers were safe if they followed the rules and stayed behind the yellow lines when trains were approaching. But there were calls for screen doors at all stations after an incident this month when a man jumped onto the tracks at Kowloon Tong station as a Lowu-bound train was approaching, delaying services by up to 20 minutes. Legislator Andrew Cheng Kar-foo, deputy chairman of the transport panel, said platform doors would improve safety and prevent delays caused by accidents. The KCRC services were delayed three times on March 23, the day after new chief executive James Blake took over. The delays ranged from eight to 15 minutes and were caused by the tripping of an overhead wire, a train breakdown and a passenger jumping onto the tracks after getting off at the wrong station. The passenger went down onto the tracks at Hunghom and ran towards Tsim Sha Tsui, leading to an eight-minute delay.