Tour bus driver fined

A MELBOURNE travel consultant who drove 23 passengers in a bus to the Twelve Apostles in February this year without the proper driver accreditation has been fined $450.

Cheng-Sen Lin, 32, of Menin Street, Nunawading, also received the fine for failing to keep a work diary that detailed his driving during the previous 28 days.

In imposing the fine, magistrate Peter Mellas said he took into account that Lin had paid more than $1500 to hire a bus to take his passengers back to Melbourne after he was stopped for the offences on February 5.

Lin told the court he had taken the passengers to the Twelve Apostles for Chinese New Year.

He said he had a licence for driving heavy vehicles and thought that meant he was accredited to drive a bus for fare-paying passengers. He has since become accredited.

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