New licence and logbook charges against drivers with wrong licences

Gold & Jade restaurant in Upper Riccarton where Alps Travel has its headquarters.

Gold & Jade restaurant in Upper Riccarton where Alps Travel has its headquarters.

New charges have been laid against four Chinese drivers alleged to have been doing tourist driving without the proper licences.

The new charges were laid when the men's cases were listed at the Christchurch District Court on Thursday, six weeks after police began the prosecutions.

Police alleged last month that unlicensed drivers were driving on the Milford Rd and some drivers without appropriate licences had been tour driving for Christchurch company Alps Travel.

Diversion is being offered to Jiayuan Chen, a 24-year-old man living in Lincoln, who pleaded guilty to giving false or misleading information when he applied for a driver's licence in Christchurch on January 18.

The charge was before the court for the first time on Thursday.

Police prosecutor Aja Trinder asked for Crimes Act charges against Chen to be withdrawn. They alleged he aided someone without the appropriate licence to drive on State Highway 94 at Te Anau, and that he made a driver's licence available for a monetary advantage.

Judge Allan Roberts withdrew those charges and accepted the acknowledgement of a guilty plea on the new charge. Chen was remanded to December 13 for the diversion to be completed.

Diversion allows a first offender charged with a less serious offence to make amends – sometimes with a donation and an apology – and avoid having a conviction.

Xu Cao, a 31-year-old man living in Lake Hayes, near Queenstown, faced a new charge of making a false statement in a vehicle logbook at Te Anau in February. He entered no plea and was remanded on bail to October 28.

Cao also pleaded not guilty to a charge of dishonestly using a driver's licence in another name at Te Anau in February, and was remanded to December 6 on that charge. Police withdrew four earlier charges.

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Suyan Qi, a 21-year-old man living in Avonhead, Christchurch, was granted a registrar's remand on new charges of making a false statement in a vehicle logbook at Te Anau in February, and producing a logbook containing a false detail to a police officer.

He has entered no pleas, and was also remanded on earlier charges of driving without the appropriate licence and dishonestly using a document.

Jiasheng Wu, a 24-year-old man from Upper Riccarton, Christchurch, faced new charges of producing a logbook with a false detail, and making a false statement in a vehicle logbook, both at Te Anau on February 11.

He did not appear at court. Because the charges are category 1 offences, no warrants can be issued.

They will be put into another list court on another date, possibly for a formal proof hearing if Wu does not appear again.

 - Stuff

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