Polish HGV accidents have risen more than eight-fold, from 361 in 2001 to 3,132 in 2006. While only one Lithuanian lorry was involved in an incident in 2001, there were 745 recorded in 2006.
The Association of British Insurers, who conducted the survey said that the figures underline the need to bring in-line the weaker road safety rules of other European countries, where MoT testing is commonly less frequent and rigorous.
According to The Times newspaper only Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Slovakia have vehicle testing as strict as in the UK.
In 2005 20 per cent of foreign lorry collisions involved sideswiping, which suggest that the correct blind spot mirrors were not fitted.
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