Widow takes campaign to Downing Street

A widow took her campaign for safer roads to Downing Street today on the first anniversary of the death of her husband, who died in a head-on collision with a foreign lorry.

A widow took her campaign for safer roads to Downing Street today on the first anniversary of the death of her husband, who died in a head-on collision with a foreign lorry.

Jackie Warby made the trip to London with two hauliers and MEP Richard Howitt, to petition for stricter legislation on foreign lorries using Britain's roads.

Her husband Stephen, 49, was killed on the A134 near Northwold last March when his lorry collided with a Dutch flower lorry.

The Dutch driver was interviewed by the police after the crash, but was never prosecuted. He was the only witness to the collision.

But he refused to give evidence at Mr Warby's inquest, which heard the Dutch driver may have been travelling on the wrong side of the road.

Since her husband's death, Mrs Warby of Stowbridge, near Downham Market, has been campaigning tirelessly for higher EU truck safety standards and that foreign drivers are brought to justice for their traffic offences on UK roads.

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She has even travelled to Brussels to voice her concerns, and yesterday in the latest phase of her campaign, she handed in her 5,000-strong petition to one of the Prime Minister's advisors and then met with transport minister Stephen Ladyman.

She said: “I think the meetings went very well and I do feel something is going to happen but it will not be immediate.

“I am pushing for something to be done quickly, but they appeared to take on everything I said and I do think something will be done now.

“I won't stop campaigning, and I want these people to act on what they have said.

“It has been a difficult day as it is the anniversary and that has been on my mind, this all began a year ago.

“I had to go to Brussels and London to make sure something is done about this. Families cannot continue to go through this heartache, if we can prevent one accident then we must.”

Mr Howitt, Labour MEP, said: “Jackie is a remarkable and courageous woman. It has been a tough and emotional trip for her on this one-year anniversary of Stephen's death, but she has left her home and family and has succeeded in taking her campaign for road safety direct to the heart of government.

“Jackie is making a major impact not only here in Downing Street, but in Brussels as well, her message is getting though and action is on the horizon.”

He added: “Inspection standards across the continent must be raised up and enforced to our high UK standards, otherwise we will continue to see unsafe foreign trucks travelling side-by-side with our properly inspected British trucks on motorways and roads up and down the country.”

Hauliers Darren White of AEW Transport Wisbech and Carl Green Ge-Be Transport Kings Lynn also made today's trip with Mrs Warby.