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Inspection company owner pleads not guilty to 58 charges in St. John's court

After problems with school bus services last year, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District said it received a bid on contracts for the upcoming year from an operator unfamiliar to the district. The district would not confirm the company name.
Janet Jones, the owner of J.J. Services, pleaded not guilty to 58 charges under the province's highway traffic act. The crown alleges that Jones falsified bus inspection certificates without actually having carried out the inspections. The trial is set for June 26-28.

Janet Jones headed to trial in late June

The owner of an inspection company charged with more than 50 counts of falsifying bus inspection certificates is headed to trial.

Janet Jones, owner of J.J. Services and represented in provincial court Wednesday morning by lawyer Bob Simmonds, pleaded not guilty to the 58 charges under the province’s highway traffic act for issuing a vehicle inspection certificate without a proper inspection being carried out.

The certificates were issued for busses owned by her brother James Kelloway’s company, Kelloway Investments Ltd., which had 58 charges against it dropped less than two weeks ago when the crown found there was no probability of conviction.

After Kelloway’s contract with the Newfoundland and Labrador Eastern School District was suspended last January over safety concerns, a Service NL investigation identified the buses that were removed from service included had problems with brakes, steering and emergency exits.

The trial is set for June 26-28.

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