A van driver has narrowly avoided a motoring ban after police charged him with driving without due care and attention because of his poorly maintained tyres.
According to reports from the News & Star, Scott Lee Kirkwood was arrested after crashing his Citroen Berlingo van into another van on October 6th 2011.
Police arriving on the scene soon discovered that the tyres fitted on his van had evidently not been checked in some time and had insufficient tread.
The lack of tread on his tyres, which saw three of the compounds actually recorded as bald, meant that the van's stopping distance was greatly increased.
Police therefore decided that the poor state of the tyres had contributed to the crash and promptly arrested Mr Kirkwood.
Speaking in court earlier today (January 23rd), Mr Kirkwood admitted charges of driving without due care and attention and in particular having insufficient tread on his compounds.
He already had six points on his driving licence and given the serious nature of his crime, a driving ban was in the offing.
However, Mr Kirkwood requested that the bench not disqualify him because any ban would cost him his labour and landscape gardener jobs.
Instead he was fined over £300 in fines and court costs.
The story highlights the importance of drivers having their tyres checked on a regular basis by a qualified garage.