Safety campaign celebrates after London Mayor proposes plan for safer lorries

The See Me Save Me campaigners, including Kate Cairns, far left, at the European Parliament several years ago.
The See Me Save Me campaigners, including Kate Cairns, far left, at the European Parliament several years ago.

See Me Save Me is celebrating a huge campaign success after the new Mayor for London backed plans for a rating system for HGVs, based on the driver’s level of vision from the cab.

Kate Cairns set up the See Me Save Me campaign to eliminate blind spots in HGVs after her sister Eilidh, from Ellingham, was killed while riding her bike to work in London in 2009.

A fully-laden tipper lorry ran her over from behind; the driver said he did not see her. The proposals backed by the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, meet See Me Save Me’s campaign calls to improve visibility from HGV cabs.

Kate, also a Northumberland county councillor, said: “The key issue which became blindingly apparent from the agony of losing Eilidh is that lorries have massive blind spots. They can and should be made safer. Drivers should be given more help to do their very difficult jobs safely.

“Improving the extent of a driver’s vision from the cab is one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk to more vulnerable road users. Collisions with HGVs kill or seriously injure twice as many pedestrians as cyclists and we believe everyone needs to be able to use our streets safely. Drivers should be given lorries with better all-round vision to help them share our streets safely.”