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Recycling lorry driver imprisoned

A recycling truck driver in Scotland has been sentenced to a year in prison after being involved in a fatal incident.

In December 2014, Scott Hamilton was driving a Stirling Council lorry when he struck 80-year-old Peter Wills.

Wills had been driving his mobility scooter when he was reversed into by Hamilton and died of his injuries at the scene.

Hamilton was sentenced at Stirling Sheriff Court, where he was also banned from driving for 12 months, after he pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.

On sentencing, Lord Ericht said Hamilton had not been convicted of his original charge of death by dangerous driving.

“I note the circumstances of the incident, that you gave assistance to Mr Wills and your remorse, and I have taken all of these into account,” he said.

“Earlier that year you had signed off on risk assessments and safe working method documents confirming that you were aware of the dangers of reversing your vehicle and how to minimise them.

“You were aware that Mr Wills was somewhere on the road behind you, as you had passed him a few minutes previously. Also, you failed to have proper regard to Mr Wills as a particularly vulnerable road user.

“In these circumstances there is no alternative to a custodial sentence.”

He said Hamilton’s guilty plea reduced his sentence from 15 months to one year.

Stirling Council said it was requiring new refuse collection vehicles to have camera recorders fitted.

A spokesperson said: ”We have robust health and safety policies in place for our refuse vehicles, and all of our drivers receive training for this and are expected to fully comply with them. Our vehicles have reversing sensors and comply with the recommendations made following the Fatal Accident Inquiry into the Glasgow bin lorry incident.”

Police Scotland inspector Roddy MacMillan said: “This sentence should serve as a reminder to the public that they must take the upmost care when driving large vehicles.

“This has been a long process for Peter Wills’ family. I hope this sentence will bring them the closure they need to move forward with their lives.”

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