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First mention of protection skirts for heavy motor vehicles was in 1897

Autocar journal, October 1897

Stephen Kempton was crushed beneath the wheels of a heavy motor vehicle – a large electric cab – in the winter of 1897 on Stockmar Road in Hackney. He was nine years old.

Upon being told the gory details, a jury member at Hackney Coroner’s Court asked:

“Wouldn’t it be possible to put some sort of guard between the wheel and the body of the car to prevent such accidents in future?”

The coroner said: “I dare say that can be remedied easily enough by a practical engineer.”

Source: Autocar journal, October 1897

In 2013, many heavy goods vehicles – most especially tipper trucks – remain without such protective devices.

One thought on “First mention of protection skirts for heavy motor vehicles was in 1897

  1. Anonymous / Reply September 19, 2013 at 9:43 am

    And very curiously the old style of lifeguards – the original name for the rails suspended on chains at the sides and ends of trams, and on the sides of buses (like the B Type) were such that they could cope with the grounding and knocks that those operating large construction site vehicles claim to be the reason that they cannot fit … lifeguards.

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