On Wednesday 5th September, a candidate for a driving test in Oban was having a last run around the town with her driving instructor before taking the test.
At one point they were at the junction between Sinclair Drive and Quarry Road. A large articulated truck reversed across them, so they waited for it to sort itself out. It cam to a halt and then neither did anything nor signalled any intention of anything.
The instructor told the pupil to go but to keep to the left.
As she did so, the truck came forwards, hit the car and kept on coming. The car was pushed into a wall.
The instructor had the presence of mind not to take over the brakes under dual control as, if he had done so, the truck would have hit the driver’s door and possibly injured his young pupil. He simply reached over and jammed his thumb on the horn, although the driver appears still not to have stopped until after the car had been pushed against the wall.
The driver got out and immediately blamed the driving instructor for everything – so the instructor rang the police.
We understand that the driver, who was not from the UK, has since been charged with careless driving.
Anyone would have understood if the test candidate had felt like postponing it to another day.
But no. She was determined to go ahead. She passed.
Hardly the sort of hazard you anticipate in the run up to getting your licence.