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The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) continues its full support of the Kill Spills campaign - September 8th 2006


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    Join the 3rd KillSpills Rally from the Ace Cafe London to Westminster on the 9th September 2006.

    Further information is available at www.killspills.org.uk For up-to-date news and information on the '06 rally go to the KillSpills forum.

    The Campaign;

    The campaign, "The Road Users Campaign to Kill Diesel Spills - www.killspills.org.uk is being run by a group of riders for the safety of all road users and was started in October 2003.

    The main aims of the campaign are to raise public awareness and eventually make a real difference with possible changes to legislation and fuel tank/cap design, together with a programme of educating drivers and riders as to the dangers of diesel.

    In September 2004, the Kill Spills Campaign held a rally in London, with over 750 riders, to deliver a petition to Downing Street containing 10,146 signatures. In 2005 the second rally attracted an estimated 2500 riders showing their support for the KillSpills campaign despite the rain.

    MAG's Director of Public Affairs, Trevor Baird, says, "MAG came on board with the campaign from the very start. The campaign has reinforced our own long-standing position on diesel spillages and has led MAG to produce thousands of diesel awareness stickers which will be placed on lorry diesel tanks and diesel pumps". However, the group is still meeting resistance from forecourt staff, supermarket chains and oil companies to the use of the stickers.

    These stickers are available by contacting MAG Central Office.

    The spillage of diesel fuel from heavy commercial vehicles is particularly dangerous for riders. This occurs when the vehicle's fuel tank has been filled or overfilled and/or the tank cap is either faulty, or even missing. When the vehicle enters a bend or roundabout after filling, the resulting surge often results in several litres of fuel being deposited on the road surface. The result is a very slippery and invisible surface of which the motorcyclist has no warning and it almost inevitably results in the rider and machine parting company, often with serious consequences for the rider. This is also a potential danger for the upcoming vehicles.

    'Diesel is as lethal as black ice in the wet, but takes far longer to disappear.' Quoted from the KillSpills website.

    MAG's Director of Public Affairs, Trevor Baird says, "Despite extensive campaigning on the danger of diesel spills for motorcyclists, the situation doesn't seem to have been resolved. How hard is it for diesel tanks to be designed so that diesel cannot spill out of them, or caps designed to prevent the problem, it's not rocket science."

    MAG also point out that Diesel Spills on the highway are not being mopped up correctly, road authorities are continuing the use of sand and stone chippings which create a further hazard instead of more appropriate materials and tactics.