A DRIVER took a wrong turn and ended up heading north on the southbound carriageway near the Forth Road Bridge in Fife.

However, when he appeared in court, financial manager Michal Iwinski put the blame on bad signing during roadworks.

Iwinski, 39, of Baberton Loan, Juniper Green, Edinburgh, was in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on February 3, on the A9000 southbound dual carriageway near the Forth Road Bridge, he drove a car carelessly on the opposing carriageway into the path of oncoming traffic.

Depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf said that the incident took place at 12.20pm.

A Stagecoach bus was being driven south towards the bridge when Iwinski’s car was seen travelling north on the same carriageway.

It was heading towards the bus in the same lane but moved over and passed the bus, both vehicles moving in opposite directions.

Iwinski, who was representing himself, told the court: “The road markings were very confusing. The bus was coming for the bridge. I noticed it was coming and put my hazard lights on.

“I just entered the road for about 50 yards. There was minimal danger to the public. Everybody can make mistakes.”

Iwinski admitted he may have been distracted by issues in his personal life at the time.

Sheriff Charles MacNair imposed a £265 fine and four penalty points. However, as Iwinski already had nine points, he now faces losing his licence.

He will be disqualified unless he can argue he will face exceptional circumstances of hardship by losing his licence.

Iwinski told the court he is self-employed in the financial sector and can earn up to £2,000 a week.

“My job relies on me driving a lot. It would change my life completely if I was disqualified.”

An exceptional circumstances of hardship hearing will take place on March 4.