Code of the District of Columbia

§ 35–252. Failure to pay fare or to present valid transfer; entry by rear door prohibited.

Except in emergency circumstances, no person shall knowingly:

(1) Take the following actions without paying the established fare or presenting a valid transfer:

(A) Board a public or private passenger vehicle for hire, including vehicles owned or operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority ("WMATA");

(B) Board a rail transit car owned or operated by WMATA; or

(C) Enter or leave the fare-paid area of a rail transit station owned or operated by WMATA; or

(2) Board a public or private passenger vehicle for hire, including vehicles owned or operated by WMATA, through the rear exit door, unless so directed by an employee or agent of the carrier.


(Sept. 23, 1975, D.C. Law 1-18, § 3; as added, Feb. 22, 1978, D.C. Law 2-40, § 2(c), 24 DCR 3344; May 3, 2019, D.C. Law 22-310, § 4(b), 66 DCR 1395.)

Prior Codifications

2001 Ed., § 35-216.

1981 Ed., § 44-224.

1973 Ed., § 44-216.1.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 35-253 and § 35-254.