Haulage companies, farmers and bus operators are supporting a Motorcycle Action Group’s Kill Spills Campaign.
Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership is encouraging firms to follow the example of Derbyshire County Council – one of the partnership’s member organisations – by displaying one of MAG’s warning stickers near the filler cap of all of their larger diesel vehicles.
The stickers remind drivers to avoid overfilling the diesel tank and to make sure that they re-fit the filler cap properly afterwards.
Andy Adlington, the partnership’s motorcycle project officer, said: “Diesel on the road poses a serious threat to motorcyclists. It’s as slippery as black ice and can be difficult to spot when the road is wet.
“A truck that’s been overfilled can spill several litres of diesel just by turning a corner. Our message to drivers is ‘Don’t put lives at risk by trying to put a bit extra in your tank.’”
Sean Buckley from the Peak and District Branch of the Motorcycle Action Group said: “MAG is delighted that Derbyshire County Council and the road safety partnership are supporting this road safety initiative. A diesel spillage is something that many drivers never consider but which can be deadly to motorcyclists.
“A simple reminder to drivers not to overfill their fuel tanks and to ensure the cap is properly secured really can save lives. The county council is leading by example and I hope this will be an incentive for commercial organisations in Derbyshire to follow suit and place similar stickers on their fleet vehicles or, better still, on every diesel pump.”
Businesses wishing to obtain diesel warning stickers for their fleet vehicles should contact the Motorcycle Action Group on 01926 844064 or the Peak and District branch of MAG on 07743 373441.
To report spillages on roads in Derbyshire County Council’s area, visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/reportit or call 08456 058 058.