Decision reserved in tour driver trial

Judge David Saunders will deliver his verdicts on February 9 in the case of a tour bus driver without a passenger licence who was stopped on the Te Anau-Milford highway, and the general manager of the tourist company that employed him.

Evidence was heard in the Christchurch District Court on Monday and then the trial was adjourned for legal submissions and for the judge’s reserved decision.

The driver Suyan Qi, 22, pleaded guilty to charges of driving with an inappropriate licence, having a false logbook, and making false entries in the logbook. He denied a charge of dishonestly using a document – a driver’s licence.

Xu Cao, 33, the manager of Alps Travel, denied charges of causing a false statement to be made in a logbook and causing Qi to dishonestly use a driver’s licence to obtain a financial advantage.


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