Lorry driver’s fury after being hit with £50 fine for stopping to help at crash scene

A lorry driver has blasted police after being fined for stopping to help at a crash scene.

John MacKenzie’s Good Samaritan act ended with a threat of prosecution if he didn’t pay a £50 fixed penalty.

The father of three from Inverness, who has made a complaint to Police Scotland, said: “I’ve paid the price for doing a good deed.”

John, 58, swerved on to the roadside when he came round a sharp bend in the Highlands and was confronted with a two-vehicle smash.

He sprung from his cab to make sure everyone was OK before clearing debris from the road and warning traffic to slow down.

But his good deed didn’t go down well with a police officer, who turned up soon after.

John found himself on the receiving end of a fixed penalty because his vehicle was deemed to be causing an obstruction.

He’d pulled into the side of the road and his lorry hadsunk into the embankment because of its heavy load. He needed a tow to get out.

John has since stumped up the £50 to avoid being taken to court but is hoping the punishment may be wiped.

The row has been rumbling on for almost three months but police insist John’s complaint is still under investigation.

John was driving for Tain haulage firm Bannerman on the A97 Skye to Invergarry road in February.

He said: “About two miles from Invergarry, I came round a sharp bend and there was an accident.

John MacKenzie in his lorry before police arrived at the crash scene (Image: UGC MSN)

“There was a pick-up in the middle of the road, so I swung to the nearside and went on to the bank to avoid a collision.

“I got stuck there, so I got out to make sure everybody was alright.

“The other car was over the bank at the other side. I went back to my lorry and got a brush and cleared the debris off
the road.

“I got the traffic flowing. An ambulance came and, 15 minutes later, a police officer appeared and asked about my lorry. I said it was fine and suggested he’d be better dealing with the accident.

“He turned and said, ‘You’ll be going to court for obstruction’.

“I told him to crack on but he came back and told me that when I went to court, I’d get three penalty points and a £100 fine.”

John started taking photos of the scene and was asked by the officer what he was doing.

He said: “I said I was collecting evidence for court because I didn’t believe I was causing an obstruction.

“He went away and then came back over and said, ‘I’ve had a change of heart’.

“I asked what he meant and he said he was going to give me a fixed penalty of £50.”

When John received it, he went to the police station at Fort William to complain and later gave a statement.

He decided to pay the fine but had been hoping the police might have rescinded the fine.

Police confirmed a complaint had been made and said: “The outcome will be communicated to the complainer.’

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