The state Duma Committee on state construction and legislation recommended Tuesday the lower house of Parliament to approve the second reading of the bill on criminal liability for rowdy on public transport.
According to the amendments introduced criminal responsibility for hooliganism committed on different types of transport: rail, sea, inland water or air transport and any other transport.
Under the hooliganism in this calculation is a gross violation of public order expressing clear disrespect for society. The punishment for this offence is set to 5 years of imprisonment. If the act is committed by a group of persons by prior conspiracy or by an organized group or with resistance to representative of authority or to another person acting for public order protection or a person preventing breach of public order, the maximum penalty is imprisonment for up to 7 years. If the bullying committed by use of explosives or explosive devices, faces up to 8 years of imprisonment.
In addition, the proposed amendments to Supplement the criminal code a new article establishing liability for committing an act of hooliganism actions that threaten the safe operation of vehicles. We are talking about acts that were committed outside the vehicle, and which will be subject to the so-called “train surfers falling” and bullies throwing stones at trains or laser pointers blinding pilots. The maximum penalty for this is provided in the form of deprivation of liberty for up to 2 years.
Under current law, the transportation brawlers can get away with an administrative fine up to one thousand rubles under article 20.1 of the administrative code “Petty hooliganism”.
“The amendments recommended by the Committee for adoption, aimed at addressing impunity for bullying, threatening the safety of passengers and vehicle operation, which, unfortunately, are widespread at present. In addition, the adoption of the proposed changes can be preventive measure in the fight against such acts and to reduce the already increased risk for passengers when traveling on public transport,” — said the head of the Committee Pavel Krasheninnikov.