The British Motorcyclist Federation is launching an all-out
attack on the dangers presented to motorcyclists by vehicles
spilling diesel from overfull tanks or via poorly fitted fuel
Concerned that the general public do not know of the danger
spilt diesel presents, the BMF will also be sponsoring the
high-profile KillSpills campaign, including the KillSpills
London Rally on September 10th.
Diesel spills on road surfaces are a menace to anyone on
two wheels. Spilt diesel is often difficult to see until it
is too late and then, as if riding on ice, the rider’s
wheels lose adhesion. If a rider is lucky he can ride over
a spillage, but if encountered on a bend or roundabout while
banked over, a crash is often inevitable.
Now, with the BMF sponsoring the KillSpills active campaign,
the BMF hopes to raise the profile of the issue. Last year’s
KillSpills demonstration attracted over 800 motorcyclists
and provided graphic proof that this issue is high on the
agenda of the motorcycling community.
Jeff Stone, Simon Wilkinson and Stephen Edwards, Darren
Bourne of Kill Spills Team at launch of KillSpills 2005.
Announcing the new campaign, BMF Chairman Dr Leon Mannings
said: “It is incredibly difficult to get accurate statistics
on diesel induced accidents but we know from within motorcycling
that it is a real menace. We may well have the reporting structure
in place but the statistics are not being gathered so we have
to take action ourselves and the KillSpills campaign provides
an excellent focus.”
The BMF, Britain’s largest riders’ rights organisation
with some 140,000 members, has a history of campaigning to
reduce diesel spillage and other forms of road surface contamination
and sees the KillSpills campaign, including the KillSpills
rally through the streets of London on September 10th, as
a major part of its campaign.
The BMF’s work in forcing through amendments to the
EU Type Approval regulations relating to design of diesel
fuel tanks; its success in having diesel spills included within
the Home Office Stats 19 accident-recording regime and recent
work on amendments to the Traffic Management Bill have all
helped, but still the problem persists.
Supported by its preferred insurance provider Bennetts, the
BMF will build on past success and support the KillSpills
* Lobbying MPs and appropriate governmental and non-governmental
bodies on the diesel spills issue.
* Pressing for better reporting and collation using stats
* Stressing to diesel users via the motoring press and national
media that there is a need for responsibility when handling
* Engaging with the non-professional driving segment of the
transport industry i.e. private individuals hiring vehicles
* Producing a pocket sized information card with campaign
slogan and simple advice on not ‘brimming’ diesel
* Seeking partnerships with major road transport organisations
Commenting on the new sponsorship arrangements, Stephen Edwards
of KillSpills said: “This is just what we need. The
BMF have the contacts and lobbying expertise, what we have
is the ability to get riders involved. Between us we hope
to tackle the diesel menace for once and for all!”
Join the ride, wear the T shirt, share the day -
be there if you care!
The KillSpills London Rally will be held on 10th September.
Over 1000 riders are expected to join the escorted run. It
will be an starting from the Ace Café on the North
Circular Road and ending at the Houses of Parliament. The
run coincides with the 11th Ace Café Reunion Weekend
so although there will be a serious message, it will also
be an opportunity to attend a fun day at the Ace!
KillSpills London Rally 10th September. Full details about
the day, how you can support the campaign, download your poster,
(971kb) buy a T- shirt etc on: www.bmf.co.uk or go direct