South Scotland

Peebles pensioner who struck cyclist avoids driving ban

A pensioner from Peebles who struck a cyclist whilst driving has avoided a ban after voluntarily surrendering his licence.

Alexander Shields, 75, of Tweed Avenue, pleaded guilty at Selkirk Sheriff Court to careless driving in Old Town, Peebles, on 13 May.

He admitted failing to keep a proper look out when turning and striking the cyclist to his injury.

He had six penalty points placed on his licence and was fined £200.

The court heard there was concern about Shields' ability to drive as he had failed a police eyesight test with his glasses both on and off.

Shields told the court he had subsequently passed an eyesight test but had voluntarily surrendered his licence to the DVLA.