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Taxi driver's children not in safety seats

A taxi driver who admitted that his two children had been sitting in the back seat of his cab without adequate child safety restraint seats has been fined £200 and had three penalty points endorsed on his licence yesterday.

District Judge Barney McElholm, who was sitting at Londonderry Magistrates Court, was told that police officers saw the two children in the taxi which was parked outside a post office at the junction of the Diamond and Bishop Street in the city centre on Wednesday, July 24 of this year.

The children, a nine-year-old girl and her four-year-old brother, had seatbelts on but the required child safety seats for children under the age of 12 were not in the taxi.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said the defendant, Thomas Ashe Mellon (37), from Rathmore Road, immediately bought two child restraint safety seats when the offences were pointed out to him by the police officers.

Belfast Telegraph