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• Trade associations and legal professionals are urging operators who have not already done so to equip their trucks with seat-belts.
This advice follows the introduction of laws requiring truck manufacturers to fit seat-belts to all vehicles from 1 October. Until last week this had not been a legal requirement, although many firms have been fitting them as a matter of course.
The Road Haulage Association advises that hauliers should consider every possible precaution to prevent their drivers being injured in an accident, including the retrofitting of seat-belts.
This is of particular concern with the prospect of new corporate manslaughter proposals which will make operators accountable for the live their employees.
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