Govt promises trailer change after Bedminster tragedy
Published on: 27 May 2016
Picture: Scott, Archie, Freddie and Donna Hussey
DRIVERS who fail to make sure their trailers are safe could face stiffer sentences after lobbying by an MP on behalf of a Bedminster family whose three-year-old son was killed in a trailer accident.
Karin Smyth, Labour MP for Bristol South, hailed “significant concessions” following a meeting between transport minister Andrew Jones and the parents of toddler Freddie Hussey.
Freddie was killed in January 2014 as he and his mother walked home along Parson Street. A two-tonne trailer towed by a Land Rover came loose and crushed Freddie.
Now the minister has promised a number of changes including new guidance and publicity about safe maintenance of trailers. Mr Jones will also talk to the Ministry of Justice about including trailer roadworthiness as a factor in an imminent review of driver sentencing.
Freddie’s parents, Donna and Scott Hussey, said: “We are not celebrating these changes, but we are really pleased because they represent major progress on a vital safety concern.”
The Husseys’ initial demand for trailers to have an MOT test has not been met.
The driver, Tony Davies, 37, from Hallen, was given 200 hours community service for careless driving, and banned from driving for six months.
Mr and Mrs Hussey said the sentence was a “joke”.
Ms Smyth said the minister’s concessions were a tribute to the hard work of the Husseys.