Councillor for the Olympic Gardens division in St Andrew the Jamaica Labour Party’s Christopher Townsend was yesterday fined $5,000 for breaching the Road Traffic Act.

Townsend, who owns a fleet of buses, paid the speeding fine after the sanction was imposed in the St Ann Traffic Court.

The businessman, who has another case in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, remains in custody.

In that matter, he is facing allegations of aiding and abetting the fraudulent use of a licence plate.

The JLP councillor was charged on Tuesday by members of police’s Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch.

The charge follows allegations that he allowed another bus operator to use a licence plate that is registered to one of the vehicles in his fleet, in breach of the Road Traffic Act.

The alleged fraud was uncovered when the cops seized the bus, which allegedly had using the incorrect licence plate.