A Donegal school bus firm owner has been fined £400 for letting one of his vehicles to be driven in a dangerous state.

A bus belonging to Don Patrick Reddin, 42, of Kilderry, Muff, was stopped by police on the Limavady road on 26 February.

Officers found the windscreen of the 53 seater-bus was cracked, the indicator and the reverse lights were defective and two back seats were secured with cables only.

The officers also found that the bus did not have a first aid box.

Defence solicitor Paddy McDermott told Londonderry Magistrates Court that Mr Reddin had been operating a school bus service in the north west for 20 years without any similar convictions.

He said since this incident the defendant has introduced a daily safely check on all of his school buses.

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