tractor driver fined for causing 50-car queue behind him
Highbridge tractor driver has been fined £485 for allowing
a massive queue to build up behind him.
along at 25 miles per hour, 20-year-old farm worker Jake Fear,
of Highbridge, eventually caused a tail-back of 50 vehicles as
he drove along the A39 near Glastonbury last November.
tractor, pulling a trailer, was finally pulled over by police,
who spotted the half-mile-long queue, and he was charged with
driving without reasonable consideration for other road users.
trailer contained beet which was piled high and due to the manner
of driving the officer stopped Fear and asked why he hadn't pulled
over," said prosecutor Christine Hart.
replied that he had only noticed the lorry behind him and he did
not see the half a mile of traffic and argued that there had not
been any places to pull over."
fined him £190 for the offence - as well as £190 for
driving on a bald tyre - and ordered him to pay costs of £85
and a £20 victim surcharge. He also had three points added
to his licence.
think it is all a bit silly. At the end of the day I was just
doing my job," said Mr Fear. "I work for a contractor
driving tractors and stuff and I was on my way to a farm with
a load of beet and I got pulled over."
told me off for the amount of traffic that was behind me. I was
just doing what I normally do. I was driving normally. They were
adamant that there was a fair amount of traffic behind me, but
Im pretty sure there wasnt that much."
Fear is believed to be one of the first farmworkers in the country
to be fined for the offence after police forces across the South
West warned tractor drivers to pull into lay-bys more often to
let cars by.
was prosecuted under a new set of driving laws introduced in 2013.
They allow police to act over inconsiderate or selfish behaviour,
such as tailgating, hogging the middle lane of the motorway or
deliberately splashing pedestrians by driving through puddles.