Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

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Rathlin Island coach operator and driver convicted for operating unlicensed buses

Stormont Executive press release - Department of the Environment

A Rathlin Island bus operator was today fined a total of £400 at Coleraine Magistrates’ Court and ordered to pay £81 court costs.

Mr Bertie Currie of Ballingard Cottages, Rathlin Island, Ballycastle, was fined £200 for using an unlicensed bus to transport passengers for hire and reward from Rathlin Harbour to the Island’s bird sanctuary on two occasions during August 2012 and fined a further £200 for failing to hold a Road Service Licence. Patricia Leathley of Glebe Cottages Rathlin Island Ballycastle, who had been driving one of the vehicles, was given a conditional discharge. 

In August 2012, enforcement officers from the Driver & Vehicle Agency carried out spot checks on buses operating passenger services on Rathlin Island when they encountered the unlicensed vehicles. Further checks revealed that these vehicles, which bore the livery ‘Bert’s Puffin Bus’, did not have a Public Service Vehicle Licence in force. 

When interviewed about the matter Mr Currie admitted the offences. 

Notes to editors:

1. Charges were brought against Mr Currie and Mrs Leathley under the Transport Act (NI) 1967 the Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Orders of 1981 and 1995 and the Public Service Vehicle Licensing Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995.