Avoid the Deadly Diesel

KillSpills Diesel Leaflet a Great Success!

200,000 copies of the diesel safety leaflet (funded and supported by the Department of Transport) have been printed and distributed across the UK.

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The Highways Agency has been awarded an achievement in Reducing Diesel Spills 2007 in recognition of the work they are undertaking to promote the dangers of diesel spills and motorcycle road safety.

The Highways Agency produced a Heavy Good vehicle video is an inspiration, the anti diesel spill stickers they have distributed to the road haulage community through various police forces is a welcome and very important strategy.

Their Great Rides Great Roads video promotes responsible riding and their work with the likes of Handle It or Loose It and the Shiney Side Up partnership does the same.

Cleaning Up

At the Killspills event in 2007 there were several awards and acknowledgements and none better
to Harold Ross who distributes high quality materials that have been thoroughly tested, resulting in products that provide the most cost effective way to clean, absorb, treat and dispose of used oil, gas, grease and other petroleum based products.

Harold promotes the use of "Oil Sponge" and has developed a "Spill Station".

In MAGs opinion all garage forecourts should have a "Spill Station" which cleans up spillage with a minimum of fuss and is superior in every aspect to any amount of sand thrown down.

View "Oil Sponge" at

MAG & Diesel Spills

MAG 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.

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 General Secretary, 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."

Advice on spotting and dealing with diesel on the road. Look out for diesel spills on roundabouts, junctions and other tight corners that will cause uncapped fuel tanks to slosh over.

Any wet patch on a dry road is suspect and long dark lines should be avoided. Diesel is deadly, even on a dry road, and it does not evaporate.

In the wet, look for rainbow colour patches on the road and stay alert for diesel's distinctive smell, it's as lethal as black ice in the wet, but takes far longer to disappear. REMEMBER, you can usually smell diesel BEFORE you can see it!

Keep your eyes open and be aware of diesel black spots when you are out riding, such as roundabouts, junctions, bus stops, your favourite corner and roads near petrol stations. Remember, diesel can have you and your bike sliding down the tarmac in seconds, so always look ahead and avoid any suspicious looking patches on the road.

Inform your local council of any spillages, they should get it dealt with immediately.

MAG would also advise riders to search out extra training on advanced riding or assessment courses such as Bikesafe.

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.

KillSpills Events 2008

29 March 2008 - KillSpills Backs Bikesafe - Start ? Ace Cafe London 9-10am. Our first event of the year will take place over the National BikeSafe 2008 weekend 29th and 30th March 2008. We will ride from are planning a ride from the Ace Cafe to National BikeSafe at Hendon on Saturday 29th March 2008. At this event KillSpills are supporting the Metropolitan Police BikeSafe London team, without whom our past rallies could not have happened. It?s our way of thanking them for all the hard work and support they and especially Sergeant Paul Mostyn have put into our campaign. KillSpills will have a stand at the event as will hopefully some of our supporters. There will not be a police escort for this and will have to abide by the Highway Code. We will have some marshals posted along the route to give riders directions to Hendon. National BikeSafe is in itself a day out with both trade stands, rider assessments, demo bikes and entertainment, all for free. For more information visit

7 June 2008 - KillSpills at Bikefest UK ? Donington Park - Gates open 09:30am. For our second event KillSpills will be returning to BikeFest UK in 2008 with a bigger and better road safety display than in 2007. Again we have been given exclusive access to the track to complete two parade laps, and perhaps break KillSpills own Guinness World Record! Track time can be purchased for ?20 from BIkeFest UK for a 20 minute session on the Moto GP track (usual Fast, Inters and Novice groups). Race teams and manufacturers will also be present, with race teams undertaking a practice session. This is a venue where we can bring industry, Governments Departments and bikers together to show Government the support we have for our campaign. KillSpills will also be using this event to thank Fast Bikes Magazine for their continued support from the inception of our campaign. See and

20 September - 20 KillSpills - For our third and final event we meet up at the Ace Cafe London early on the Saturday morning. The KillSpills team will ride to Number 10 and present our fifth annual report into the dangers of diesel spills to the Prime Minister before heading to meet up with the 617 riders and Marshals for a breakfast at the Ace Cafe. We will then hold a rideout to the BMF Tail End show at Peterborough. It is possible that this will be the last KillSpills event. Check out -