Bus crash driver in court



Seventy-one-year-old John L Napier, 10 Rose Crescent, Dunfermline, until recently a bus driver, was ordered to undergo a driving test yesterday.  He has held a licence for 46 years.

At Dunfermline Sheriff Court Naples admitted that on January 26, in Main Street, Cairneyhill, he drove a bus without due care.  The bus collided with and damaged a stationary motor lorry.

Main Street

When Naples retired from the employment of Messrs Alexander a few weeks ago he was their oldest driver.

He told a reporter after the court proceedings, ‘I intend to take the driving test, because I have my own car.  I feel I have two or three years driving left in me yet.’

When Sheriff Middleton in court expressed surprise at accused’s age his agent, Mr A P MacBain, commented: ‘Marvellously well preserved, my Lord.’

The fact that Naples had only two previous offences – one of them in 1936 – in his long career showed he had exercised considerable care.  It was dark at that time of the accident and there was a storm of sleet and snow.

The Sheriff imposed a fine of £3.

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