Mr Fitzpatrick said: "Sideswiping
is an issue we are determined to tackle.
"Blind spots in this visibility often mean that when such a vehicle moves across the road from the inside lane, he fails to see another vehicle in the second, or middle, lane and the result is a sideways collision - sideswiping."
Derek Turner, Highways Agency Director of Traffic Operations, said: "When left-hand drive HGVs change lanes on our roads, the risk of sideswiping an overtaking vehicle is increased due to a passenger side blindspot.
Last year there were more than 1,000 incidents of sideswiping, when left-hand drive foreign lorries - with blind spots on their right-hand passenger side - move lane on motorways and fail to see another vehicle in the lane they are entering.
In an attempt to combat sideswiping the Highways Agency is currently running a campaign to fit left hand drive lorries with special lenses in the right hand door window to give the driver a greater view of overtaking vehicles.
Road Safety Minister, Dr Stephen Ladyman, has launched a trial of magnifying window lenses to help cut sideswiping