28 January, 2016
The inquiry into the death of six people who died when a bin lorry mounted a pavement in Glasgow city centre and collided with a number of pedestrians after the driver fainted at the wheel, has found that there were reasonable precautions which could have been taken whereby the accident might have been avoided. Sheriff John Beckett QC also made a total of 19 recommendations which, if followed, may reduce the chance of a recurrence of such an accident. The report has implications for Local Authorities and employers; notably:
In addition, the report also made recommendations to doctors, the DVLA and Secretary of State for Transport regarding fitness to drive.
Employers and local authorities in particular should give serious consideration to the various recommendations set out in the report. A copy of the report can be found here. It is widely hoped that if fully implemented the recommendations can prevent similar tragic instances from occurring in the future.
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