PSV operator escapes jail
In January this year, Mayers, of Lower Bridge Gap, St Michael, had pleaded guilty to three traffic offences and was ordered to perform 240 hours community service.
Everything went well up until August. According to his probation officer, Mayers then stopped attending regularly, had become delinquent in completing the assignment and had tampered with his records.
As he had completed only 89 hours of the community service, Mayers was brought back before the District ‘A’ Traffic Court on Tuesday. Magistrate Graveney Bannister revoked the community service order and fined the PSV driver $800 on each of his three off-route violations, with an alternative of 80 days in prison, to run concurrently.
He was also convicted, reprimanded and discharged for not wearing his PSV badge in a conspicuous manner on May 11 last year.
Providing an explanation of his community service performance, Mayers told the court he was sick for part of that time, was hospitalised and had worked more hours than were accounted for.
He explained that the organization had run out of time sheets and his additional work hours had not been recorded. He further told the court that he could not afford the forthwith fine totalling $2 400.
Magistrate Bannister then took all the factors into consideration and granted an extension, thereby substituting the fines. Mayers was warned though that he has to complete the remaining hours by January 19 next year.
Describing it as his “last, last chance”, Magistrate Bannister said he would not be accepting any excuses. He reminded Mayers that between September and November, he had only done an additional 49 hours.
He told Mayers that wherever he is sent next, “make sure your time is accounted for and there is no tampering with records as was said”.