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A Belgian tourist visiting Scotland ended up driving along the wrong side of the road following confusion at traffic lights, causing a road traffic accident between himself and one other vehicle.

Maintenance work had been under way on a stretch of A830 heading towards the Isles and a traffic light system had been put in place to control traffic flow.

The Belgian man, who had been driving between Mallaig and Edinburgh, moved across to the right-hand side of the road, to pass the lights, using a slip road; however, he then failed to move back to the left-hand side upon re-joining the main road.

Appearing at Fort William Sheriff Court, the driver admitted negligence and dangerous driving after causing a head-on collision with another vehicle.

The van involved in the accident near Glenfinnan was unable to avoid colliding with the tourist's vehicle.

Thankfully, neither driver suffered serious injuries as a result of the accident, although there was extensive damage to both vehicles.

The man had held a clean driving licence in Belgium for twenty years, where road users drive on the left-hand side. This may have been a factor in the dangerous mistake made by the Belgian, who was issued with a £500 fine. He has been banned from driving for a year.

It is unknown if the van driver has contacted road traffic accident solicitors to pursue a claim.

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