A lorry driver who failed to see an 85-year-old man crossing the road has gone on trial. Robert Barnett denies causing death by careless driving. He was driving an HGV in a “stop-start” traffic queue in Melton Road, Leicester, when pensioner Kantilal Shah walked in front of the stationary vehicle.
Gagandeep Kakkad, 23 was sentenced in Reading Crown Court on Monday August 26th to an 18 month driving ban and 200 hours community service. He was also ordered to do an extended retest and fined £1,200.
The maximum sentence that can be imposed for careless driving is a £5,000 fine and/or 6 months in custody. Judges can also impose a driving ban but it is not obligatory. Between 3 and 9 penalty points can be given if a ban is not imposed.
The fine given in this case was considerably higher than the average fine for careless driving, which is £152.