Commercial fisherman busted for drinking on vessel

A COMMERCIAL fisherman busted twice for drinking while on a vessel has been approved by the court for a special hardship licence to enable him to continue his work.

However, Geoffrey Brammah was told by a magistrate that he has to value his driver's licence.

Brammah lost his vehicle driver's licence after too many speeding offences and made an application before Gladstone Magistrates Court for a special work licence to get him to his boat.

Magistrate Barbara Tynan said his traffic problems had been exacerbated in the last three years by his two offences on the water, which was not his credit.

She said his speeding offences had led to his loss of driver's licence.

"If you can't value your licence why should the courts grant you indulgence?" Ms Tynan told him.

Ms Tynan queried a defensive driver's certificate and some of the comments made by the operator after Brammah completed the course.

However, she said material placed before the court showed he would suffer extreme hardship if he did not have a licence.

"It seems to me that the way you are going someone else on the boat had better get a licence as you are at risk of losing yours," Ms Tynan said.

She told Brammah the special licence was only for work and business related travel between his home and place of work by the most direct route.

He was ordered to maintain a log book with Ms Tynan saying this was critical that if he was stopped by police he must already have written in it the purpose of his journey, otherwise he would lose the licence.

Brammah said he had to travel south to Coolum to buy two new boats and Ms Tynan said again that he must write the purpose of each journey.



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