A small prize for the most pathetic excuse for driver incompetence seems to be indicated for Mr. Jawad Hassan of Bradford:
A family narrowly escaped disaster after their car got stuck on a level crossing with a train approaching, forcing them desperately flee the vehicle."It just happened." No doubt the car had a mind of its own and accelerated under the descending barrier despite the desperate efforts of Mr. Hassan to stop it.
Mr Hassan told the police: "I did not mean to cross the barriers. I knew it was wrong. It just happened."
Had his people carrier been hit by a train, his life would have been no great loss, but the death of his four passengers would have been devastating for the train driver concerned. So what is the penalty for gambling with the lives of five innocent people for no good reason?
Mr Hassan was sentenced to nine months' imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, with 150 hours of unpaid work.Frankly, I would prefer that this "extended retest" take approximately 1 minute. "Are you Mr. Jawad Hassan?" "Yes." "Congratulations, you've failed, you irresponsible bastard. Come back in ten years."
He is banned from driving for 18 months and must take an extended retest before getting back behind the wheel.