MIRROR IMAGE: Law should apply to all lorries
I READ with interest the articles on lorry safety (May 10). New lorries are already required to have mirrors that provide drivers with full vision on the passenger side. But now millions of lorries may have to be fitted with new mirrors after MEPs backed a law to eliminate a blindspot that kills 400 people per year. The new law would oblige owners of lorries up to seven years old to fit wide-angle and close-proximity mirrors. I’m amazed that this is not already law for all lorries, why does it matter how old the lorry is? Does its age somehow make it safer? UK officials estimate that the proposed measure could save eight deaths a year. Some older lorries may already have one or both of the mirrors, but officials at the European Commission say many have neither. Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark have already begun their own schemes to fit older lorries with both mirrors. Why are we in Britain not doing the same? MEPs said they should have until March 31, 2009, to comply, so another 16 people could be killed before then. And after that lorries over seven years old could still continue to kill. It is not just foreign lorries we have problems with!
Lorries may have to be fitted with new mirrors to eliminate blindspots