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Life ban for blind tractor driver.

A BLIND pensioner who parked his tractor on a dual carriageway to answer a call of nature has been banned from the road for life - at the age of 77.

Tractor enthusiast Robert Simpson caused a crash on the A9 by leaving his machine and trailer jutting out into the fast lane.

He had been driving in the dark, without any lights, on the A9 at an average speed of about 10mph.

As the pensioner walked across the dual carriageway, he left the trailer in the path of other traffic.

Several motorists heading south between Perth and Stirling had to swerve to avoid the trailer and two cars collided.

Luckily, neither of the drivers, Charles Lawson and John Alexander, were injured but both cars were badly damaged.

Simpson admitted driving carelessly while knowing he had defective eyesight on the A9 on November 22 last year.

Perth Sheriff Court was yesterday told Simpson was now registered blind and had no intention of driving again.

He was banned for life and fined pounds 300.

Sheriff Robert McCreadie said: "This was an extremely serious error of judgment which could quite easily have had fatal consequences."

Simpson, of Auchterarder, Perthshire, had previously pleaded guilty but was told to appear in person for sentence.

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Date:Mar 8, 2008
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