A former Stirling council waste collection driver charged with causing death by dangerous and inconsiderate driving was jailed yesterday (25 October) for 12 months.
Scott Hamilton was sentenced by Stirling High Court following an incident in which he reversed a recycling collection vehicle into an electric wheelchair used by 80-year-old Peter Wills in Sherrifmuir on 3 December 2014.
Mr Wills died later that day as a result of injuries sustained in the collision.
Mr Hamilton pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving, having failed to check it was safe to reverse the vehicle.
As well as receiving a year-long custodial sentence – reduced from 15 months – Mr Hamilton has also received a 12-month driving ban. Both sentences start from today (26 October).
Commenting following the sentencing a spokesperson for Stirling council, which was not implicated in any charges, said: “We acknowledge the sentencing of a former employee of Stirling council. This was a tragic situation and our thoughts have been, and remain with, Mr Wills’ family and friends.
“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.
“We are specifying that the new refuse collection vehicles for Stirling council have camera recorders fitted.”
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