An 11-year-old girl faces a one-year free travel ban after she was stripped of her Oyster card because it was “scratched”.
Elliz McKenzie, of East Dulwich, had her card confiscated by a TfL ticket inspector who noticed that her photo card, which entitles 11 to 15-year-olds to free travel to school and is worth up to £360, had been scratched and was therefore “in breach of the Oyster card behaviour code”.
The card had been accidentally damaged by the schoolgirl's baby cousin. TfL said the card would be returned if Elliz carried out six hours of community service.
Her mother, Min McKenzie, 42, plans to fight TfL's decision. She said: “I'm disgusted because at the end of the day Elliz did it unknowingly. I could understand if it was a 20-year-old without school uniform using a scratched card, but she was going to school, she was in school uniform. No way is she doing community service because she's done nothing wrong.”
A spokeswoman for TfL said: “The Zip free travel concession is a privilege worth up to £360 a year and must be respected.
“Damaging or defacing an Oyster photo card breaches this code and may result in the free travel concession being withdrawn.”