51% of tanker drivers vote for peace deal

51% of Unite members voted for the deal. Drivers in four companies rejected the deal Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

A strike by tanker drivers has been very narrowly averted they after they voted to accept a peace deal aimed at ending a long-running row over terms and conditions.

Unite said its members working for seven distribution firms backed the deal by 51% overall, although drivers in four of the companies voted to reject.

The union said the vote left no room for "complacency" and it wanted rapid implementation of proposals agreed.