Petition to change driving test after horse killed

Thursday, March 24, 2016


Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for a change to the UK driving test after a horse died when a car crashed into a funeral procession in Bridgend, Wales.


More than 13,000 people have already signed the petition which calls for making passing and approaching horses and horse drawn vehicles part of the driving test.


This means that it has already exceeded the 10,000 required for the government to respond.


Natasha Thomas from the Welsh Pony and Cob Society said that the current Highway Code guidance on passing horses did not go far enough.


"You never know where you are going to meet a horse. It needs to be part of the test.


"More and more people riding now carry cameras to video everything so they can pass recordings to police if necessary."


Following the crash in Sarn, Bridgend, the horse leading the carriage had to be put down by the roadside.


Coach master Mark Evans posted photos on social media showing his 13-year-old Belgian black lying dead in the middle of the road, and wrote: "I'm sorry if these pictures are distressing."


The horse drawn carriage business owner said he wanted the graphic images of his dead stallion to be shared to show what could happen when a car came into contact with a horse.


A current driving test trial is looking at updating the test.


South Wales Police is still investigating the cause of the crash but no arrests have been made.



Read more at the South Wales Evening Post

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