17th February 2017
Harry Clarke, 60, pleaded guilty in Glasgow Sheriff Court to driving a car in the city on 20 September 2015 to the danger of the public, despite losing his licence.
The court heard a neighbour spotted Clarke driving out of the car park of his home and called the police.
Six people died when Clarke blacked out at the wheel and his bin lorry veered on to the pavement in the city centre days before Christmas in 2014.
It later emerged Clarke had lied to his employers about his medical history of blackouts.
Clarke was never prosecuted over the tragedy.
However, he admitted driving in the knowledge he had suffered a loss of consciousness while at the wheel of a moving refuse collection vehicle.
He also knew he had lost consciousness or episode of altered awareness while at the wheel of a stationary bus in 2010.
Jack and Lorraine Sweeney, 68 and 69, and their granddaughter Erin McQuade, 18, Stephenie Tait, 29, Jacqueline Morton, 51, and Gillian Ewing, 52, were killed in the crash.
Following a fatal accident inquiry, Clarke’s licence was revoked for 12 months on 27June 2015.
The charge states he knew or ought to have known that he was unfit to drive, and that there was a risk he might lose consciousness or suffer an episode of altered awareness while driving.
Following his neighbour’s call to the police, officers went to his home and he was cautioned and charged.
The court heard he told police: “I have never been out on a public road, I’ve just moved the car in the private car park.”
He will be sentenced at a later date.