DUNDEE COURIER, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1954
71-YEAR-OLD BUS DRIVER MUST SIT L-TEST
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.
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.