Bik­ers group give fuel spill warn­ing

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

MO­TORISTS are be­ing warned to take care when re­fu­elling to re­duce risks to bik­ers.

The­mo­tor­cy­cle Ac­tion Group (MAG) is call­ing for driv­ers of diesel ve­hi­cles to take care when top­ping up their tanks, to re­duce the amount of fuel spilt on the roads - which can be lethal to mo­tor­cy­clists.

Now En­ter­prise Peter­bor­ough has backed MAG’S “Diesel Spills Kill” cam­paign, by agree­ing to fit stick­ers on its ve­hi­cles.

Dave Ham­mond, the Peter­bor­ough MAG Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, said he was de­lighted by the sup­port given to the cam­paign.

He said: “This is a great start to our lo­cal cam­paign and we’ve been re­ally pleased with the proac­tive re­sponse that we’ve had from the En­ter­prise fleet at En­ter­prise Peter­bor­ough.

“We hope that other com­pa­nies are as will­ing to raise aware­ness of an is­sue which re­sults in un­nec­es­sary pain and mis­ery to many bik­ers ev­ery year.

“A ve­hi­cle doesn’t have to be splash­ing gal­lons of diesel all over the road to cre­ate a haz­ard. When the front wheel of a mo­tor­cy­cle hits a small patch of diesel in the wet while cor­ner­ing there is very of­ten lit­tle the rider can do to res­cue the sit­u­a­tion.”

Mr Ham­mond said the ma­jor­ity of diesel which is de­posited on the roads comes from the over­filled tanks of com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles; ve­hi­cles with poorly fit­ting fuel caps; or worse still with the fuel cap miss­ing and a bit of rag stuffed in its place.

Diesel spillage as a re­sult of these sce­nar­ios take place mostly on cor­ners as the fuel moves in­side the tank and is par­tic­u­larly preva­lent on round­abouts.

Mr Ham­mond said this could lead to a bike crush­ing the rider’s leg; the rider hit­ting the road sur­face; or even the rider be­ing thrown into the path of on­com­ing ve­hi­cles.

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