Bikers group give fuel spill warning
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.
For more information visit www.mag-uk.org.