A pensioner lost his 60-year clean-driving record on a Sunday morning trip to church.
Ronald MacLennan, 89, crashed his car into the rear of another vehicle -but has since surrendered his licence to the DVLA and does not plan to get behind the wheel again.
At Fort William Sheriff Court yesterday he admitted careless driving on the A82, three miles from his home at West Tirindrish, Spean Bridge, on September 24.
He was fined £300 with three penalty points.
Fiscal Robert Weir told Sheriff Gary Aitken there were two women in the Ford Fiesta struck by MacLennan’s car and shunted into the vehicle in front.
One had to be cut free with suspected spinal injuries and the other complained about neck and back pain.
But they suffered no long-term effects.
Defence lawyer Stephen Kennedy said his smartly-dressed client had been driving since 1956 and this was his first offence.
However, he had sent his licence to the DVLA since last year’s accident and had no plans to return to the road.
He was driving – but not fast – to church in an eight-vehicle convoy on the Sunday morning.
A Transit van at the head of the line braked sharply and caused confusion amongst the other drivers.
The Fiesta mounted the grass verge but MacLennan could not stop in time and crashed into the back of it, writing off his own car.
The lawyer added: “The two ladies are fully recovered.”