A crash on the motorway almost cost a Doncaster man his driving licence and his job.
Linden Stanger, aged 26, could have been banned after admitting a charge of careless driving if the court had imposed six penalty points, because he was a newly qualified driver.
Andrew Nuttal, for Stanger, said the offence on the A1(M) north-bound on February 17 was less than a year after Stanger, of Oak Road, Thorne, had passed his test.
Mr Nuttal said: “It would mean the loss of his job and he only passed his test to get employment and the consequences far exceed his criminality.
“He’s an honest man who has got no previous convictions and pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.”
Graeme Measures, prosecuting, said Stanger’s Vauxhall Astra crashed into the rear of a tipper truck and Stanger was not sure if he fell asleep or not.
“There were no injuries to others. The main injury was to this man’s car.”
District Judge Jonathan Bennett, at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court, imposed five points on the licence. Stanger was also fined £170 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.