A young tractor driver has been given a hefty £190 fine after his slow moving vehicle caused a 50-car tailback.
Jake Fear, 20, of Highbridge, Somerset was pulled over by police on the A39 near Glastonbury in November last year after they spotted the mile-long tailback that had formed behind him.
Fear, who drives the tractors for a contractor was travelling at 25mph along a three-mile route, towing a trailer piled high with beets.
He claimed that a lorry behind him had obstructed his view, and so he was unaware of the inconvenience he was causing to other motorists.
Traffic police charged the tractor driver with driving without reasonable consideration for other road users – an offence that comes under the same legislation that targets drivers hogging motorway middle lanes, and splashing pedestrians with puddles.
While admitting the offence at Somerset Magistrates court, he claimed that he was driving at the legal speed limit for tractors and said that he had already pulled over twice in the journey to let cars pass.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Fear commented: “I didn’t know I was doing something wrong until they pulled me over. I haven’t heard of anyone who has been pulled over and fined for it.
“I think it is all a bit silly. At the end of the day I was just doing my job.
“They were adamant that there was a fair amount of traffic behind me but I’m pretty sure there wasn’t that much.
“I’m not going to argue with it because there isn’t a lot I can do about it but if I lose my licence then that is my job out of the window.”
At the hearing, Fear was fined a further £190 for a badly worn tyre, and had three penalty points added to his driving licence.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.