Minibus operator had 23 in a 15-seater minibus
…conductor’s decision to abandon a passenger costs him $20,000
Raymond Rodriguez, who was charged with failing an obligation to carry a passenger, appeared before Magistrate Gita Chandan-Edmond on Thursday, last at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court to answer the charge.
The allegation is that on Wednesday last, at Croal Street, Georgetown, the defendant, being a conductor of minibus BKK 2712, without any reasonable cause, refused to carry
Troy David, when he offered himself as a passenger.
The defendant, who was unrepresented, pleaded not guilty to the charge. He told the court that he asked David to give another passenger a “squeeze”.
He said that David stepped out of the vehicle and reportedly was angry, so he locked the door of the bus and the vehicle drove off.
Police Prosecutor Phillip Sheriff said that on the day in question, about 20:30 hours, the defendant was in the vicinity of the route Route 45 minibus park. He said that the bus was already filled, but the defendant told David to make space available for another passenger. Sheriff said that David, refused.
The prosecutor said that the defendant asked David to step out of the vehicle, which he did, but the defendant locked the door of the bus and the vehicle drove away. Sheriff added that David reported the matter to the Brickdam Police Station; subsequently the accused was arrested and charged of the offence.
The Magistrate fined Rodriguez $20,000 with an alternative of 20 days’ imprisonment.
Also appearing before Magistrate Edmond was Steven Cox, who was charged with overloading a minibus.
It is alleged that on Thursday, last, the defendant loaded a 15-seater minibus with 23 persons.
The accused, who was unrepresented, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Prosecutor then told the court that on the day in question, around 09:00 hours, the defendant was the conductor of minibus BLL 287, which was proceeding along north along Waterloo Street, when the vehicle was stopped by a traffic rank, who was on duty.
Sheriff,the prosecutor, said that the rank made checks to the vehicle and discovered that 23 secondary school children were seated on each other.
He said that the defendant was informed by the police of the unlawful act he had committed. Sheriff added that the accused was arrested and charged of the offence.
He was fined $22,000.