GEM comment on Glasgow Sheriff John Beckett’s report into the bin lorry crash

Posted on December 9th, 2015 by GEM Motoring Assist

Responding to Sheriff Beckett’s report and recommendations, GEM chief executive David Williams MBE said: “In the name of road safety, GEM urges doctors to pass on information about a patient’s medical history to the DVLA.

“GEM also wants to see much stiffer penalties for those drivers who do not disclose full information about their medical history.”

Sheriff Beckett’s report, issued on 7/12/15, states that the driver of the bin lorry, Harry Clarke, ‘repeatedly lied in order to gain and retain jobs and licences’. There are eight reasonable precautions, identified in the report, that could have prevented the crash. All relate to Clarke’s concealed medical history.

“This terrible tragedy should never have happened had Mr Clarke not told lie after lie to hide his history of blackouts,” added David Williams.

“All drivers and riders have a legal and moral responsibility to ensure they are fit to drive, and should not attempt to use the roads while taking medication or suffering any illness or medical condition that may affect their ability to retain full and safe control of their vehicle. Any driver in any doubt should consult their GP.”

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