Page last updated at 15:59 GMT, Wednesday, 18 May 2011 16:59 UK

Save cyclists' lives with sensors on lorries, MPs told

Sensors which can tell a lorry driver if a cyclist is in their blind spot would save lives and should become mandatory, senior Liberal Democrat Sir Alan Beith has said.

Introducing a ten minute rule bill on 18 May 2011, the MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed said that technology could be used to warn lorry drivers if any other road users, such as cyclists, were in their blind spot as they turned a corner.

Sir Alan told MPs that he had decided to campaign for a change in the law after he was contacted by John Cairns, the father of 30-year-old Eilidh Cairns, who was killed as she cycled from Kentish Town to Chiswick in February 2009.

He noted that many haulage firms had failed to install the equipment voluntarily for financial reasons, urging MPs to seize "the opportunity to call for practical measures to save lives".

His Road Safety Bill, which has cross-party support, received an unopposed first reading but is unlikely to become law without government support.

Story Tools

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific