Deutsche Bahn (DB) has begun to press charges for fraudulent acquisition of services every time someone is caught without a ticket, the magazine reported.
The new rule will add another 600,000 to the number of recorded crimes every year, an increase by around 10 percent.
Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble is reported to be less than impressed with DB’s new policy. Estimates suggest that around 200 extra police officials are needed to process the criminal charges.
Der Spiegel reported that talks with public prosecution authorities are to be held discussing whether such cases are to pursued at all, but the Interior Ministry denied this in a statement on Saturday.