A TARBOLTON driver, who collided with an oncoming vehicle, causing significant injury to the person inside has been fined.

William Inness, of Cunninghame Street, admitted causing serious injury to the man when he drove without due care and attention in September 2016.

Innes failed to maintain adequate control, negotiate the bend and crashed into the car near Middlemuir Caravan Park.

The 28-year-old appeared before Sheriff Scott Pattison at Ayr Sheriff Court last week.

Speaking on his behalf, defence solicitor, Peter Lockhart, said: "In my submission this was a very serious accident. I would ask you to allow Mr Innes to keep his drivers licence for his employment.

"My client has cooperated fully. I am not going to suggest this is a three penalty point case, which it is not, but I am suggesting you could deal with it which would allow him to maintain his drivers licence."

Sheriff Pattison said: "As far as penalty points go I am not going to disqualify him.

Addressing the dock, Sheriff Pattison continued: "I have heard everything about the offence and Mr Lockhart has provided an excellent submission on your behalf.

"I know you are uncertain about what is going to happen. The maximum penalty points would have been nine which would have disqualified you. 

"Eight penalty points will be enough to take you up to 11."

Innes has been fined £400 to be paid within 28 days, eight penalty points have been put on his licence and he will complete 75 hours unpaid work within six months.