A DRIVER who caused a motorcyclist serious injury by attempting a U-turn on a busy road has had his licence revoked.

Simon Baker attempted the manoeuvre on the A1025 in Harlow last May when he caused a collision with an oncoming motorbike.

Colchester Magistrates’ Court heard on Wednesday how Baker had missed his turn off and waiting in a layby to perform a U-turn.

But Baker, who was driving a Honda, failed to see the motorcycle and caused a major crash as the motorcyclist careered over the top of the car and suffered fractured ribs.

Baker, of Church Road, Ongar, admitted causing serious injury by careless driving and received a 26-week prison sentence, was suspended for 18 months.

Magistrates also banned Baker, 42, from driving for three years and ordered him to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work.

Investigating police officer PC Joe Goodwin, said: “As Roads Policing officers, we’re dedicated to keeping the roads safe, but everyone has a part to play, and I’d ask all drivers to ensure you are safe to carry out a manoeuvre before doing so.

“Check your mirrors, ensure the road is clear, and if there is any doubt, don’t.”