The Highways Agency is this year's winner of the KillSpills/British Motorcyclists Federation Award 2007 for 'Achievement in Reducing Diesel Spills'. They will be presented with the award at this year's KillSpills event on 26th May at BikefestUK, Donington Park race circuit.
The annual award, designed to recognise those helping to reduce the menace to motorcyclists of spilt diesel on our roads, goes to the Highways Agency for the extensive work they have and are continuing to do, in publicising the dangers of diesel spills.
The initiative involves, amongst other things, working in partnership with a number of organisations to distribute 180,000 anti diesel-spill stickers, designed to be placed next to the fuel cap of commercial vehicles, to raise awareness of the dangers of over-filling diesel tanks.
These have been issued to:
- 42 police forces for onward distribution to road hauliers as part of operation Mermaid
- HM Customs to distribute to lorry and bus drivers as they undertake their road fuel testing stops across the country
- all UK Fire Services to be displayed on service vehicles to help support the initiative
- the Freight Transport Association to distribute to their members and at FTA events
In addition, the Highways Agency have been working with Local Authorities and its supply chain with the aim of having all public services and Highways Agency contractors and sub-contractor vehicles displaying anti diesel-spill warning stickers as standard.
As part of the wider HGV safety campaign, the Highways Agency have also developed an anti diesel-spill animated message which has been added to their "Heavy Good Vehicle" website, www.heavygoodvehicle.com.
Stuart Lovatt, the Highways Agency's Safety Action Plan Coordinator, said: "I'm pleased and honoured that the Agency has been nominated for this award. We take road safety very seriously and have recognised that diesel spillages are a real hazard to all road users and especially to motorcyclists. We are working hard to raise awareness that diesel spillage can be avoided."
This is the third year of the award, previous winners being ASDA in 2005 and Sainsbury's in 2006 for the work that they had done in raising their fleet drivers awareness of the dangers of diesel spillage.
The KillSpills event on the 26th May will feature the mass, police escorted 617 Ride from Westminster via 10 Downing Street to Donington Park for BikeFest UK (www.bikefestuk.com) where KillSpills will attempt a world record for the highest number of motorcycles on a race track at any one time - all part of the campaign to raise the profile of this important issue.