A DELIVERY driver who overtook two vehicles as he approached a blind summit has admitted a careless driving charge at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

The manoeuvre was witnessed by two police officers who were behind William Yuill's van on the A72 road between Blyth Bridge and Peebles on the morning of February 22.

The court heard it was impossible to see what was ahead as Yuill overtook the vehicles as the blind dip approached.

The 52-year-old of Tinto Street, Wishaw, was initially charged with dangerous driving but before a trial was due to go ahead, he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of careless driving.

Defence lawyer Fiona Hamilton said her client accepted he had made a mistake but due to his elevated position in the van thought he could see through the blind dip that no other traffic was coming in the opposite direction.

She added that no other vehicle needed to take evasive action because of the manoeuvre.

However Sheriff Derrick McIntyre said: "It seems pretty dangerous to me."

He fined the first offender £240 and ordered that six penalty points be placed on his licence.