Plea over foreign lorries
A DRIVER is calling for action to make foreign lorries safer after being hit by a continental truck on the M20.
Jane Twist, who runs gift shop Barleycorn in Hythe High Street, could do nothing as the truck swung into the near side of her Toyota Prius as the driver pulled into the middle lane.
She veered and managed to regain control without hitting the car overtaking her in the outside lane.
The lorry was empty and the driver felt the impact and pulled over.
Mrs Twist, 57, who lives in Station Road, was travelling home with her husband Jim on Monday, April 23 when the accident happened.
She is now seeing a chiropractor for back pain.
Mrs Twist has written to Folkestone and Hythe MP Michael Howard asking him to highlight the issue of unsafe foreign lorries.
She said: “I’m a good driver, not frightened by motorways, but there seem to be no proper checks on foreign drivers.
“The traffic police came out, but if the crash had happened abroad, the lorry driver would have probably received an onthe-spot fine.
“The mechanics who are fixing the car said they are unfortunately seeing more and more of these type of incidents.”
Do you think more should be done to improve the safety of foreign lorries travelling through Kent? Write to the Kentish Express, 34-36 North Street, Ashford, Kent TN24 8JR or e-mail kentishexpress@ thekmgroup.co.uk
Jane Twist with her car, which was damaged when it was hit by a continental lorry on the M20