Lorry blind spots
Tuesday 10 July 2012
Cyclists and pedestrians are being put at risk because lorry drivers can’t see them, according to MEPs.
Eilidh Cairns was killed by a truck whilst cycling in London. Her family has been working with the Lib Dem Euro MP, Fiona Hall, to lobby the EU to introduce new safety laws.
Last year more than four hundred MEPs signed up to their See Me Save Me campaign calling for cameras and sensors to be fitted to lorries.
But now a report by the European Commission has concluded that there is not a strong enough case to demand the new technology is installed. Their research claims that mirrors are already dealing with the problem.
It says: “The number of fatalities resulting from accidents involving heavy goods vehicles and motorcyclists, cyclists or pedestrians has been effectively reduced.”
One MEP branded the decision “dangerous complacency”. The campaigners have vowed to fight on.