I was shocked and saddened by the death of 3-year-old Freddie Hussey - it is absolutely essential that drivers carry out a few quick and simple checks to make sure their trailer is safe, so we do not see a repeat of this awful tragedy.
This campaign will help drivers to make sure they are towing safely and will save lives in the process.
DVSA Chief Executive, Gareth Llewellyn, said:
DVSA’s first priority is to protect the public and help you stay safe on Great Britain’s roads.
It’s your responsibility to ensure equipment is fitted to your vehicle correctly and used safely. There is no excuse for not being informed.
Even a short journey with an insecure or unroadworthy trailer puts lives at risk, as the death of 3-year-old Freddie Hussey tragically shows.
We welcome this important campaign, and urge all trailer users to follow the DVSA’s simple steps to ensure their trailer is properly coupled so they can tow safely and avoid further tragic and preventable accidents.
NTTA firmly believes that education is the key to stopping these events from happening again and our association fully supports this campaign.
We urge all users to keep their trailers properly maintained and to allow sufficient time before each journey to carry out essential checks that will ensure that their towing experience is safe and legal at all times.