Driver who reversed on A1 slip road banned

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A LORRY driver who reversed into a car on a motorway slip road has been allowed to return to Poland and keep his job.

Kamil Bebak was driving his Renault articulated lorry on the A1(M) when he mistakenly turned onto the slip road at Haddon.

When he realised his mistake he stopped his lorry and reversed - straight into a Nissan Micra, which was driving behind him on the slip road. No one was injured in the collision but the car was damaged.

On Thursday, Bebak (35) returned from his home in Poland to Peterborough for a hearing at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court where he was fined £400, ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £15 victim surcharge - the equivalent of nearly two months’ wages - and banned from driving in the UK for 14 months after pleading guilty to dangerous driving.

However the court was told Bebak would still be able to drive in Poland, as the ban would only be enforced in some European countries - a list which does not include Poland.

Jackie Carradice, prosecuting, said: “At 12.30pm on February 17, the witness was driving a Nissan Micra along the A1(M) northbound, when she turned off.

“The lorry came to a halt, as the defendant realised he had made a mistake. The Micra also stopped because the driver could not overtake because of traffic in the other lane.

“The lorry reversed, hitting the Micra and pushing the car back one or two car lengths, before the driver realised there was a car there.”

Liz Webb, defending, said Bebak had been petrified about the prospect of going to jail.

She said: “He is a Polish national and has a wife who is six months’ pregnant and a young daughter in Poland. He is the only bread winner in the family and if he lost his job he is worried about his family losing their home.

“He has been working as a lorry driver for seven years and has not had any points or convictions before.

“The Polish firm that employs him are very keen for him to come back and work for them again, and he is very highly thought of.”

Miss Webb said there were a number of options available to magistrates to ensure justice was done while minimising the impact on Bebak’s family.

She said Bebak had the equivalent of £500 savings, which was about two months’ wages, and he was willing to pay any fines and costs before he returned to Poland.

An AA spokesman said: “If you are reversing down a slip road you cannot see what is coming. The last thing you expect to see on a slip road is a HGV reversing. The consequences could be disasterous.”

* Were you the driver of the Nissan Micra or did you see the accident? Then call ET newsdesk on 01733 588713.