Former tour company employees fined

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Two employees of a now-defunct tour company have been handed fines for not holding the right licences to drive tourists around different parts of the Kimberley.

Aussie Wanderer Tours & Safaris general manager Richard Fredrick Young and employee Niall James Cooke were both charged with operating a public vehicle without an appropriate licence as they conducted four-wheel-drive tours between Broome and Kununurra.

Broome Magistrates’ Court was told the company used a Toyota Landcruiser that was Mr Cooke’s personal vehicle, with the alleged promise from Mr Young that a company car would be provided shortly after he commenced employment in 2017.

Mr Cooke was also charged with having no authority to drive after his licence was previously suspended, resulting in a fourth traffic offence.

Perth-based Aussie Wanderers Tours & Safaris went into liquidation in June 2018.

Mr Young, who did not appear in court on Monday, was handed a $500 fine while Mr Cooke was given a $250 fine, along with a $400 fine for the driving suspension charge.

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