Coach driver admits van collision

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A coach driver from Cambridgeshire who crashed into a van has been fined.

Richard Meachan, 63, of Whittlesey, near Peterborough, misjudged a sharp bend as he drove the 60-foot-long vehicle along South Street, Stanground, Peterborough, on November 29 last year.

He appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court last week, where he pleaded guilty to one count of driving without due care and attention, The Peterborough Evening Telegraph reported.

He was given three points on his licence and fined £120. In addition, he was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Sam Woolley, prosecuting, told the court the van suffered extensive damage following the collision, including a broken window.

Jeremy Roberts, defending, told the court: “He normally does not drive a coach as large as this one. He knows the route but it is a difficult bend for longer vehicles.

“There are railings on the side of the road, and he was concentrating on the bend rather than the oncoming traffic.”

Sentencing, District Judge Carolyn Mellanby said: “I accept this was an error of judgment rather than recklessness.”