A couple from the Ettrick Valley and their baby daughter have been forced to spend over a month in the Ukraine waiting for a road crash trial.
Nicholas and Natasha Weeks, together with one-year-old Mary, are languishing in the city of Dnepropetrovosk after a serious road accident which saw them injured and forced to remain in the country, where Mr Weeks, who suffers from arthritis, is a witness at the forthcoming trial.
It was March that problems first arose when Mr Weeks, who runs a holiday cottage business, went on a driving holiday across eastern Europe, which was to culminate in his marriage to Natasha in her native Ukraine.
What followed has been a five-month saga of motoring misery for Mr Weeks, a Russian language speaker who lived there for over 20 years.
He has a long list of complaints over the way he claims he has been treated by the Motability charity, which leases cars to disabled drivers, and RAC France which provided breakdown cover.
The first incident was a double blowout near Moscow in March, which Mr Weeks claims saw him stranded for two weeks without help.
Another mechanical problem in May, when a wheel fell off his BMW car, left him stuck for nine days.
Then, on August 10, the family were involved in a motorway collision, while on the way to Kiev. The family suffered only minor injuries, although Mr Weeks has since contracted pneumonia.
And with thousands of pounds spent on taxi fares to and from hospital and police stations since the accident, Mr Weeks feels the service from Motability and RAC France has been very poor.
“They don’t want to pay for anything, despite us having correct insurance, and have ignored our claim for assistance,” he said.
“We’re now spending our time and money on hospital treatment when we can afford transport to get there.”
Motability commented: “Mr Weeks’ experience in the Ukraine was complex and, while sympathetic to his mobility problems, we’ve been in regular contact with him over recent months, and are satisfied that we’ve provided an appropriate level of service throughout.”