22yo fine to be 'sorted out'

THE Queensland Government has given a reprieve to a Banora Point bus driver it threatened to ban from driving in that state over a disputed 1988 speeding fine.

A greatly-relieved Surfside bus driver John Thompson hoped the debacle, in which he faced losing his licence due to any offence committed by thieves 22 years ago, will now be sorted out within weeks.

“The registrar at the court house rang me yesterday and told me to sit back,” said Mr Taylor who added he had been assured the issue would be sorted out.

In reports taken up by other media the Tweed Daily News last week reported Mr Thompson along with Murwillumbah car dealer and car hire operator Phil Taylor could lose their licences for old fines which they say they never incurred.

Yesterday a spokesperson for the Queensland Justice and Attorney General’s Department said enforcement action on the old fine had been deferred until July 30 to allow the Holland Park Magistrates Court in Brisbane which issued the original fine and Mr Thomas “sufficient time to examine the matter”.

But the spokesperson also revealed “there is no statutory limitation on the enforcement of a fine” in Queensland.

Mr Thompson said he had been told the magistrate would re-open the original case which would require a police investigation.



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