Revealed: Edinburgh’s worst drivers of the year

A tractor parked in a disabled bay at Tesco in Midlothian - the website's 'favourite' example of bad driving. Picture: contributed
A tractor parked in a disabled bay at Tesco in Midlothian - the website's 'favourite' example of bad driving. Picture: contributed
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And the award for the Capital’s worst motorist goes to – a driver who parked his tractor is a disabled bay!

When it comes to gripes, nothing seems to grind people’s gears quite like a bad driver, and a selection of the Capital’s worst offenders has just been showcased in a top ten by the “Edinburgh’s Worst 
Drivers” website.

The snap-and-shame site has rocketed in popularity since its launchlast January – attracting well over a thousand submissions throughout the year. The photographs were chosen by the unnamed 30-year-old father-of-three behind the site, who says he expects to be swamped with more shocking examples in 2014.

“I started the site because I want the roads to be safer for my kids when they grow up.” said the Wester Hailes dad. “But on this evidence, it doesn’t look like that will be happening any time soon.”

Among the offenders who made it to the top of the charts are a driver marooned on a kerb after taking an imaginary left turn, a coach parked on Princes Street amid bewildered shoppers and a tractor parked in a disabled bay – which made it to the top spot.

Another image shows a car being driven through a hedge at Fort Kinnaird.

The Scottish security officer, who asked not to be named because he did not want to detract from his sites’ purpose, has taken it upon himself to compile a library of photographs and video showing reckless driving and illegal parking across the city.

He said: “I went through all the photos that had been uploaded and went by the amount of likes they had been given. The one at number one I think is my favourite, it deserves to be there – you can’t be disabled and be climbing in and out of a tractor.

“Some people try to defend the drivers in these pictures and they are probably the ones who are the worst drivers – on the site they are called the naysayers.” Of the site’s overnight success, he added: “As the year has gone on it has got more and more popular.

“We’ve had the equivalent of 20 submissions a week – I’ll definitely be continuing it this year.”

The creator of Edinburgh’s Worst Driver said that the Capital’s motorists are among the worst – regularly using public roads as their own race track by running red lights and failing to stop at zebra crossings. He also claimed taxi drivers were regularly the worst offenders.

But Brian MacDowall of the Association of British Motorists insisted most drivers are sensible – adding that Edinburgh’s Worst Drivers was in “poor taste”. He said: “There are always going to be a very small minority of hard core idiots out there, but the vast majority drive safely.”

dawn.morrison@edinburghnews.com