MEP bids to help cyclists

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SHEFFIELD-based Euro MP Linda McAvan is calling for more to be done to protect cyclists, pedestrians and motorists from the “blinds spots” of heavy goods vehicles.

The Yorkshire MEP signed a declaration at the European Parliament in Strasbourg calling on the European Commission to review older laws failing to tackle the issue, which leads to thousands of fatalities across Europe each year.

She said: “This campaign heightens the pressure on law-makers in to look again at how we can prevent these needless tragedies. By fitting lorries with sensors, cameras and better brakes, cyclists and pedestrians will become more visible and drivers will be able to react quicker in an emergency.”

Lorries account for around eight per cent of traffic on British roads but are involved in over 30 per cent of accidents.