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Old 04 May 2015, 10:43   #11
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Yep it's here...

http://www.hse.gov.uk/fireandexplosi...tions-2014.pdf

It looks like a document for commercial outfits but in that Autumn 2014 update they streamlined all the regs into one place... there is a section from page 5 onwards that deals with home/club storage.
Thanks - there appears to be a very subtle distinction though.

The 30L limit is for STORAGE in a vehicle not CARRIAGE.

The RYA (document updated in light of the 2014 regs) seem to suggest you can carry upto 240 L in a vehicle: http://www.rya.org.uk/SiteCollection...D%20DIESEL.pdf (and 333L for work purposes with a few extra steps).

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30l !!! is that all? Oops might need to shift some jerry cans
have read of the links - you don't actually need a license you need to notify them (no license required till > 275L).
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Ahh good to see your take on it Poly. Yes I'd noted the 30-275lit range for notification but no license... but assumed they would inspect or interfere in some way so almost as bad as licensing.

Interesting re the storage vs carriage in a motor vehicle... I'd not noticed anything in the Gov doc re carriage so assumed storage=carriage.

The only time we need to go over the 30l in the car when Sibbing is on the 2 week Scottish hols when the fuel station is often a fair trip (25mls round trip this year) so we usually would have the 20l Mercury tank, 2x 10l Tohatsu tanks plus a standard green 5l can in reserve.

Of course on day one that takes us over the storage limits at the holiday cottage... hmm it's a balance of law and convenience... like motorway speed limits really!
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I always get 5 X 20 litre of the green plastic type filled with petrol when we're away with the boat and put them in the boot of the car upright. Never been an issue and as it's a 30 mile round trip to the petrol station I wouldn't want less.
I just make sure I keep them in the shade at the campsite as they do expand a lot in direct sunlight.
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so we usually would have the 20l Mercury tank, 2x 10l Tohatsu tanks plus a standard green 5l can in reserve.

Of course on day one that takes us over the storage limits at the holiday cottage...
Well if you are worried as soon as you connect the 20L demountable tank to the engine it is magically not counted in the total! Much more likely to be killed in the car on the way there than consumed in a fireball at the cottage though.
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Buy plastic ones.

Ive had some metal Jerry cans and they are not as good as the plastic versions. Metal ones are heavier, noiser, poorly made in comparison and cost more.

I now have two 20ltr cans for longer distances / safety.

Several times Ive turned up at garages and proceeded to fill all manner of cans - 5 x 5ltrs, 2 x 20ltrs and 2 x 20ltrs metal - never had any issues.

I also spent years racing motor cycles and regulary would fill up loads of cans at garages all round the country. No one ever told me I couldnt.

Id not worry about that - its not like garages are few and far between, they would have to come out before you filled them and I doubt they would bother.
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It seems to be hit and miss around the country......and I don't think it has anything to do with Plastic or Metal.

I've only had problems with 'supermarket' fuel stations and can never be arsed to argue the 'regulations' or 'law' with the cashier.

I just find it easier to drive 5mins up the road to the next fuel station.

Metal are heavy and noisey but I find strapping them to the rib safer due the rigidity.

I've got both types and vary the usage.
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In reality it's probably like the insanity that says you can't buy more than a certain number of aspirin at the supermarket! What's to stop you visiting several garages or the same one several times and filling up two cans on each visit ?

As I say I've never had an issue with 5 X 20 litre cans. I just make sure they're the 'approved' type.
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What's to stop you BUYING 5ltrs at a time and decanting it into a larger container on the pavement out of the view of the cashier.?

That to me creates a greater risk than letting me fill 25ltrs in one go into one approved container.??

T'is the world we live in.
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thanks all

lakelandterrier - thanks, i will try dig through some older threads and see! a good point re size and fuel stations! hmm

mollers - where have you got your industrial type cans from? - they sound good.

Pikey dave - they look good, will try and find!

cheers guys
You can buy them from "Frost" i carry x4 on the boat great fuel cans also buy the fast flow flexi nozzel that go's with them Jerry Plastic Fuel Can (20L - Diesel) | Frost Auto Restoration Techniques They have the petrol ones as well.
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I agree it is a narrow "apply a simple rule blindly, and assume our staff do not have capacity to make a valued judgement mentality" that most of the supermarkets and main brand pfs use....quoting "local authority" licensing rules.

They will not distinguish between a "fuel can" and an approved tank. I have the pump shut off after putting only 5l into a 25l external tank before now, at a supermarket pfs right on the coast.

I find the smaller independents are more understanding, and usually buy fuel from the one that sold me the 20 litre red plastic jerrycans.

I see the under the new regs:
What size containers can I use?
"The new Regulations state that petrol can be stored in the following
containers:
 plastic containers up to 10 litres (previous regulations restricted this to
5 litres)
 metal containers up to 20 litres (previous regulations restricted this to
10 litres

So there's a 10l plastic can available for petrol?
And
Up until now a 20l metal jerrycan was not a "suitable container" - surely not
I'm confused.

Might be worth pointing out what the regs actually say when next filling up at a supermarket pfs and see their reaction!
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