MIR­ROR IM­AGE: Law should ap­ply to all lor­ries

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION - Melita God­den, Sandgate Hill, Folkestone.

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!

Pic­ture by Danny Rhodes pd

Lor­ries may have to be fit­ted with new mir­rors to elim­i­nate blindspots

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