Post worker banned from road for dangerous driving after crash near Kelso

Jedburgh Sheriff Court.
Jedburgh Sheriff Court.

A Royal Mail delivery driver has been banned from the road for 13 months after admitting a charge of dangerous driving.

Douglas Jack’s Mercedes Sprinter van overtook a tractor and trailer on a blind summit on the A6089 Kelso-Gordon road at Nenthorn and collided with an Audi car coming in the opposite direction on the afternoon of Monday, October 23.

The occupants of the Audi car received minor injuries, and both vehicles were left damaged.

Jedburgh Sheriff Court was told that the 65-year-old, of Parkhead Avenue, Edinburgh, had made two previous attempts to overtake the tractor.

Defence lawyer Maureen Sinclair accepted her client had been impatient and admitted the outcome of his actions could have been a lot worse.

She added that he would not lose his job with Royal Mail Parcelforce because of the crash but his income would be affected.

Sheriff Peter Paterson fined Jack £400 and told him he will have to resit his driving test when his 13-month ban expires if he wishes to get back on the road.