Side and Rear Impact Bars on Agricultural Trailers need to become a mandatory fitment ,to stop further fatalities.

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Our 26-year-old daughter Lily was killed in a traffic accident on the 5th June this year (2015). She was on a popular cycling route in a small village in Northern Holland when she encountered a large agricultural tractor and trailer that were a similar width to the dyke road that they were on. Cyclists were travelling in both directions; the tractor passed two cyclists travelling in the same direction as him. Then he encountered Lily and her two friends cycling towards him. As the tractor passed Lily there was no room on the road, and all three cyclist had taken to the grass verge. She then fell between the tractor and trailer, and died at the scene.  If side and rear impact bars were fitted it could have meant her life was saved. These safety bars are designed to reduce injury in collisions with cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians by preventing them from falling underneath the vehicle. Obviously we do not want any other road users to be victim to this avoidable circumstance. If safety bars were fitted to all relevant agricultural trailers by law our roads would be safer for all road users. On Sunday 10rh Jan we took our campaign to the Manchester Cycle Jumble at the Manchester Velo Drome Whilst the event was on we received over 200 signatures for the campaign. On Tues 2nd Feb we had a meeting with Department of Transport civil servant to discuss our campaign at Great Minster House. It was a very positive meeting with European Union Regulation 2015/208 Annex XXV11 explained and which Agricultural Vehicles and Trailers it includes. The document will probably go out to consultation in 2nd quarter of 2016 and was positive about side and rear safety bars on trailers above 3500kgs(R3+R4 category) We will have to keep checking Department of Transport website to see when they post it. Have to convince the officals of Risk >Cost>Benefit argument.

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