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Smoker fined on high-speed railway

A MAN has been fined 50 yuan (US$7.74) for smoking on a bullet train along the newly opened Shanghai-Beijing high-speed railway, the rail authority said yesterday.

The train slowed down as railway staff and police dealt with the situation, officials said.

Shanghai Railway Bureau officials reminded passengers that "smoking is strictly banned on board bullet trains" because the trains have sensitive emergency systems.

The detection of smoke can shut down a moving train and even cause equipment breakdowns, according to railway officials.

A high-speed train heading to Beijing from Shanghai slowed down for about 1 minute when approaching Dezhou Station in Shandong Province on Monday after a passenger was found smoking in the lavatory.

Then, a 40-year-old man was seized by rail staff and police for smoking in the toilet next to the No. 10 carriage.

The man was fined 50 yuan over the incident.


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