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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.

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