A report in the Telegraph last week says that road crashes caused by foreign lorries on British roads have increased by 10% in the past year.
Up to 30 people a year die in collisions with left-hand drive trucks from abroad, often as a result of ‘sideswiping’ where the vehicles pull out to overtake unaware of a car on their blind side. The DfT has tried to tackle the problem by providing magnifying mirrors known as Fresnel lenses to 200,000 foreign lorry drivers over the past year.
But according to statistics compiled by traffic specialists Accident Exchange, the number of overseas trucks at fault in collisions has gone up 10% in the 12 months to the end of February 2009.
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