Bin Lorry Driver 'Advised Against Driving '

14 August 2015, 12:35

The Glasgow bin lorry crash driver would have been advised not to drive had he seen a heart specialist after an earlier blackout at the wheel, an inquiry has heard.

The medical history of Harry Clarke, 58, came under the spotlight again at a fatal accident inquiry into the crash just before Christmas last year which claimed six lives.

Consultant cardiologist Dr Nicholas Boon, from Hertfordshire, was asked to prepare an expert report by solicitors acting for the family of victim Jacqueline Morton, 51.

The inquiry, being held at Glasgow Sheriff Court, has heard that former First Bus driver Mr Clarke reported blacking out at a bus stop in April 2010.

Dr Boon, 64, was asked to describe the scenario if he had been referred to a cardiologist following that episode.

The expert said it was likely Mr Clarke would have been diagnosed with vasovagal syndrome, which affects the heart rate and blood pressure.

He said: "In my opinion Mr Clarke would on balance of probabilities have been told that he should not drive and that he should report the matter to the DVLA.''

Dr Boon concluded in his report: "If Mr Clarke had been referred for specialist evaluation of the event of April 2010 it is likely that he would have been advised to report the matter to the DVLA and that his vocational driving licence would have been revoked for a minimum of three months.''