A VAN driver caused a head-on crash in Dunfermline as he tried to make a call on his mobile phone.

Andrew Wakley, 42, of Natal Place, Cowdenbeath, appeared in the dock of Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on January 8 in Carnock Road, Dunfermline, he drove a van dangerously by attempting to connect a Bluetooth device whilst driving, failing to maintain a proper look-out, failed to maintain proper control of the vehicle, drove on to the opposing side of the carriageway in the face of oncoming traffic, collided with a car, causing injury to a woman and damage to both vehicles.

The car was knocked back 10 metres by the force of the impact but fortunately the driver avoided serious injury.

Depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf said: “The accused was working for a landscaping company and was driving their van.

"He drove out of a building site, turning east into Carnock Road.

“He became distracted trying to connect his mobile phone to Bluetooth and was driving on the wrong side of the road.

“He collided head-on with a vehicle with such force that it was knocked 10 metres backwards. Another vehicle behind the female driver's car had to take evasive action.

“The accused got out and asked her if she was okay. He said he’d just woke up and was on his mobile phone.”

He later told police “I was trying to phone my missus” and that he had been “fannying about” with his phone.

Defence solicitor Brian Allison said: “He has shown expressions of appropriate remorse in the social work report.

“He had overslept, woke up and acted in the wrong way. He has now lost his job and is unemployed.”

Sheriff Craig McSherry banned Wakley from driving for 20 months and imposed a community payback order with 200 hours of unpaid work.