Search form Search Main menu Home News Business Sports Columns Contact Us E-Paper Dale Clarke as he leaves District ‘C’ Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Victor Gill Ramirez
Route taxi owner and driver fined for breaching COVID-19 Directive Tue, 02/23/2021 – 5:20am AN owner and driver of a route taxi yesterday found himself before the law court for incorrectly wearing his face mask.
Dale Clarke, of Bibby’s Lane, St. Michael, appeared before Magistrate Elwood Watts in the District ‘C’ Magistrates’ Court
He was charged with contravening Paragraph (11) Clause (b) of the Emergency Management (COVID-19) Curfew (No.3) Directive 2021 on February 4, 2021. He is charged with travelling on a public service vehicle to wit route taxi registration ZR 301 plying route 15 along Dayrells Hill Road, without wearing a face-covering which covers his mouth, nose and chin
Clarke, who was not accompanied by a lawyer, pleaded guilty to the charge. He explained to the court that he was wearing a mask, however at the time when he was stopped by the police, the mask had rode down below his nose. He said he did not know when it rode down that he was in breach of the law
Clarke, who said he has been driving a route taxi for the past 10 years, apologised to the court for the breach
Magistrate Watts told Clarke ignorance of the law was not an excuse. He pointed out there were many ads carried via the media which highlight the appropriate way face masks should be worn. He was fined $250 payable forthwith or seven days in prison. The fine was paid
Clarke was one of 18 people who appeared before the court on the day charged with breaching aspects of the COVID-19 Directives, which covered the period February 3 to 28. (MG)