Dales road users urged to support motorcycle campaign

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Haulage companies, farmers and bus operators in the Dales are being urged to support a motorcycle safety campaign.

The Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership is looking for support the Motorcycle Action Group’s (MAG) Kill Spills Campaign.

Firms are being encouraged 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.’”

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.

Derbyshire County Council has begun a programme to display MAG’s diesel warning stickers on it HGVs. Every HGV that comes in for a service will have a sticker placed next to its filler cap.

For more information about the Kills Spills campaign, go to http://www.killspills.org.uk