Reversing Cameras as a Legal Requirement on HGVs

Reversing Cameras as a Legal Requirement on HGVs

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Lynda Stevenson started this petition to UK Parliament and

On 25th June 2018 Isabel and Dan Gilchrist were travelling down C200 in Kielder on a single track road on their motorbike. They stopped as two lorries had come together and were unable to pass each other. The lorry travelling in the same direction reversed to try to reach a passing place and didn’t see Isabel and Dan and reversed for a full 30 meters in 13 seconds and hit the motorcycle. Isabel was killed and Dan was seriously injured.  The driver of the lorry did not see them. The lorry was fitted with a reversing camera but it was not working at the time of the accident. Had that camera been working the driver would have seen the motorbike behind him and Isabel would not have been killed. It is currently not a legal requirement for lorries to have these fitted or functional. 

I attended Isabels funeral once Dan was well enough. There were so many people there we wouldn’t all fit in the crematorium and they had to play the service on speakers outside in the car park. This was because she was an amazing kind passionate woman who when she saw something wrong did something about it.  She is my inspiration to see this wrong and do something to change it. 

Isabel and Dan were due to be at my wedding a month later. It was Isabel Gilchrist who had introduced me to my now husband. She was my teacher initially but after I left school we became friends. She was an amazing woman and teacher of RME. Isabel would never preach at us or force her opinions - she had an amazing knack of giving us facts and stories and examples to allow us to form our own opinions and her classes are the basis of a lot of my opinions on big things in life today. She ran a Fair Trade Business as an extracurricular activity at the school we attended which is where my husband and I met. She looked after us all and opened up her classroom to us at lunch times. She worked tirelessly from the moment the janitor would let her in the building to the moment he asked her to leave at night. Despite having retired she still came into the school to keep this going. All the profits from the business went to a school in South Africa to pay for the education of aids orphans. She went on several trips to the village - sometimes taking pupils with her and sometimes on her own. She was given the title of Mama G by the village -  a title reserved in their culture for woman who change the world.  With Isabel gone the business is still in existence but from what I’ve seen in a much smaller scale. 

The world was a better place for having had Isabel Gilchrist in it. It would still be a better place had it been for one thing - a reversing camera on that lorry. That is why I believe this should be a legal requirement on any large vehicle - to stop this happening to anyone else. 

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