LEGAL LAFF: The Jamaican bus driver’s witness about the logistics book

Legal laugh: The busman’s witness about the logistics book


A recent case reminds us to be careful when getting witnesses for court. In a traffic court hearing recently, a bus driver who was on charges for not having a logistic book brought his bus conductor as a witness.

As soon as the case was called, the ruling parish judge placed the man in the box to give witness.
The parish judge was overly indulgent as she gave the witness all the opportunity to speak and share his evidence.
However, the ‘witness’ could only tell the court that the traffic warden had stopped the bus, asked the driver to bring papers over to him, which the driver complied with.
Now where did the traffic warden go wrong. On the balance of probabilities, the Court held that the police and warden were credible and awarded judgement against the driver who was told to pay $8000 or given 10 days.

Bus driver in response to the charge had told the Judge that he had the logistic book, but had taken it to the station later that day, as he had promised the traffic warden he would have done.

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