Environment Southland chairwoman Ali Timms has been appointed chairwoman of the Southland Regional Transport Committee - despite having lost her licence because of driving offences.
Ms Timms appeared in the Invercargill District Court on January 31 to apply for a limited licence. The Southland Times understands she lost her licence because of demerit points.
During her court appearance, Judge Christina Cook said Ms Timms had received demerit points on 13 previous occasions, and in 2012 was caught speeding three times.
Ms Timms' reappointment as chairwoman of the committee was moved by councillor Ross Cockburn and seconded by councillor Marion Miller. Ms Timms did not want to comment on her reappointment as transport chairwoman in relation to her driving offences, but said she would circulate a statement to councillors this week.
The Regional Transport Committee provides the council with advice and assistance in relation to its transport responsibilities. In March 2011, it developed a Regional Road Safety Strategy, which provided guidance for a co-ordinated regional response to the consequences of road crashes in Southland.
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