Call for rethink on truck fuel tank risk

Road safety expert John Lambert believes recent fatal fires involving trucks should lead to action on heavy-vehicle fuel tank safety.

In the wake of Penshurst crash in which a truck driver was incinerated and a UK motorway conflagration involving trucks, Lambert says it is time for manufacturers to consider the use of steel rather than aluminium for tanks and guards to be built around them. At an additional 1 kg per 10 litres, this would add about 40 kg to each 400 litre tank and 20 kg in guarding.
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