Campaign given another boost by industry experts

Eilidh Cairns.
Eilidh Cairns.

A campaign which is calling for mandatory elimination of lorry blind spots after the death of a north Northumberland woman has been given more backing.

The See Me Save Me campaign was set up by Kate Cairns, from Newton-by-the-Sea, after her sister, Eilidh, was killed in London while cycling.

Eilidh was hit by a tipper lorry and since then her sister, along with family and friends, has called for there to be more regulations for HGV drivers.

Now a group of industry transport and safety experts has said that delaying the introduction of safer, cleaner HGV designs until after 2025 would mean that hundreds more lives will be lost needlessly.

The UK Government has been supportive of enabling safer and cleaner lorry cabs and 11 British organisations representing sustainable transport, road safety campaigners, cyclists, pedestrians, the haulage industry and professional bodies have come together to write to the Transport Minister, Robert Goodwill, to urge him to ensure that the EU allows more aerodynamic, safer lorry designs to be used as soon as possible.

Kate went to European Parliament in Strasbourgh in 2010 and had major success in the first stages of changing the law. She visited again two years later to put more pressure on MEPs and the battle is continuing.

She said: “We have been joined by many national campaign groups, professional bodies and even industry organisations echoing our calls for change.

“This is giant progress for a family in rural Northumberland.

“But above all it is testament to Eilidh, to the beauty and strength of her spirit, and to the love she inspired in so many who knew her.”