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Motion lodged over crane MoTs after Copeland family deaths

Barry and Ann Copeland with their daughters Ciara and Niamh
Barry Copeland's wife Ann and daughters Ciara and Niamh died in the crash

A motion has been lodged at the House of Commons in a bid to make MOTs on mobile cranes compulsory in the wake of a road crash in which a mother and her two children died.

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.

MP Sir Robert Smith said he wanted MoT changes as quickly as possible.

Barry Copeland, who lost his wife and daughters, has already criticised the time change is taking.

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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