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Vehicle accident safety plea over seatbelts for all lorries

A campaign to improve the safety of lorry drivers in vehicle accidents through the use of seat belts has been taken to the Government by an MP who was approached by the family of a 23-year-old driver who died when his gas tanker crashed.

Darlington MP Alan Milburn sought a debate with the Transport Minister after receiving a petition from the drivers' parents who are hoping a law will be introduced to make compulsory the use of seatbelts in lorries which weigh more than 3.5 tonnes and were registered before 2001.

Although more modern HGVs are fitted with seatbelts, older vehicles, like the one in the fatal accident, are not, despite many having suitable anchorage points. More than 250,000 heavy vehicles without seatbelts are believed to be in use on UK roads.

Fatalities among drivers in a lorry crash are rare but serious injuries, particularly to the chest or head, are more common which could be as a result of absence of seatbelt use.

Replying to Mr Milburn's plea for compulsory seatbelts in all HGVs, the Transport Minister Sadiq Khan said he would look at the issue with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and industry representative groups.

The Road Haulage Association, the Health and Safety Executive and Freight Transport Association are backing the campaign for seatbelts in all lorries to reduce personal injury and death in vehicle accidents.



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