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Crash death father Barry Copeland tells of MOT 'safety frustration'

Barry and Ann Copeland with their daughters Ciara and Niamh
Barry Copeland lost wife Ann and daughters Ciara and Niamh in the 2008 crash

A man whose wife and two children died in a crash has told of his frustration at delays in making mobile cranes safer by making it compulsory to have MOTs.

Ann Copeland, 45, and daughters Ciara, seven, and Niamh, 10, from Johnshaven, died after their car skidded on the A92 in Aberdeenshire in January 2008.

A fatal accident inquiry heard hydraulic oil had leaked from a crane.

Barry Copeland has now received notification a change in MOT regulations could be some way off.

He was recently honoured for his work to improve mobile crane safety, when the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health awarded him a certificate of merit.

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