An HGV driver, who ploughed into the back of a car causing serious injury to the female driver, has had his ban reduced.

Derek Forrest applied to have the three-year disqualification period reduced and this was granted at Alloa Sheriff Court.

Forrest was driving a car transporter when the accident occurred near Dollar in 2020.

Derek Forrest, 45, of Linn Place, Airth, has completed around two-and-a-half years of a three-year ban. He also completed the 300 hours of unpaid work he was ordered to carry out.

In December 2021 Forrest was sentenced at the same court.

He admitted that on September 18, 2020 on the A977, Kincardine to Kinross road northbound, near to Woodside Farm, Dollar, he caused serious injury to a female, by driving a HGV dangerously, failed to maintain adequate observations, drove at excessive speed for the condition and collided with a vehicle.

Sheriff Neil Bowie has now agreed that the ban can end early but Forrest will have to re-sit and pass his test.

At the original sentencing, Sheriff Bowie told Forrest his actions had “terrible consequences” for the driver, adding: “She sustained serious injury and it’s taken her some time to recover. It maybe she has still not fully recovered.”