White van man sacked for ‘bullying girl on driving test’

The learner driver's car's rear 'dashcam' captures the angry van driver. Picture: Deadline/Scotland's Worst Drivers

The learner driver's car's rear 'dashcam' captures the angry van driver. Picture: Deadline/Scotland's Worst Drivers

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A WHITE van man who was caught on camera driving aggressively behind a learner driver during her test has been sacked.

And today he tearfully told the News that he wanted to meet the woman to apologise for his behaviour.

The van driver repeatedly pulled up close to the car's rear bumper.

The van driver repeatedly pulled up close to the car's rear bumper.

The footage, taken on Lanark Road West, showed the learner driver travelling within the speed limit in a residential area when the City Electrical Factors (CEF) van raced up behind her.

The van driver then repeatedly pulled up close to her rear bumper, threw up his hands, accelerated sharply, honked his horn and revved his engine.

But the driver, who agreed to speak to the News on the condition of anonymity, admitted he had been dismissed from his job and deeply regretted the incident.

The 56-year-old said he had been under pressure to make a delivery and “just lost it”.

“I made a mistake that day, I had been trying to make up time,” he said. “I’m willing to meet the learner driver to apologise to her.

“I didn’t mean it and it’s my fault. I didn’t mean to harrass anybody. I just lost it and I’ve paid the price for it.”

The driver also revealed that he planned to carry out an Advanced Driving Course to prove that he was willing to learn from his mistakes.

He added: “It was a job that I liked and I’m afraid I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I shouldn’t have done what I did.

“I don’t usually drive that way. I want to apologise.”

The footage captured the man reversing and trying to overtake by pulling into the path of oncoming traffic – before deciding to pull back at the last second.

It was filmed on front and back dashcams in the test centre vehicle – owned by Angus Driving School – and uploaded online by Scotland’s Worst Drivers.

Viewers accused the driver of trying to intimidate the learner driver when the video was first posted online, but the driver said he was under pressure.

Ian Thorn, head of CEF fleet operations, said he could not comment on whether the employee in question had been dismissed.

He said: “This is an internal and confidential company matter.”

During the test, the driving centre examiner reportedly told the candidate: “Ignore the man in the van, he is completely in the wrong.”

Angus MacDougall, owner of Angus Driving School, previously said he was upset when he saw the footage but “extremely proud” of the student, who passed her test despite the distractions.