The incident happened earlier this year after the man's bin had not been put out for collection.

A court heard the man furiously pursued the crew for 12 minutes, attempting to block the collection vehicle several times and overtaking on grass verges before the collision.

Cllr Julie Carr, cabinet member for Recycling, Wate and Open Spaces at Lewes District Council, said: ‘This was completely reckless driving. Somebody could have been knocked over by this car and seriously injured, which is an appalling thought.

‘Our waste crew members were also on the receiving end of a great deal of hostility, despite their politeness, something that nobody should be subjected to as they carry out their work. We have zero tolerance for this kind of vile behaviour.

‘It is crucial that people drive safely in the vicinity of waste vehicles to prevent accidents and anyone who fails to take heed of this, while putting others at risk, could end up in court.’

As well as the £660 fine, the driver in this case was also ordered to pay £110 court costs, a £66 victim surcharge and his driving licence was endorsed with seven points.