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
plastic containers up to 10 litres (previous regulations restricted this to
metal containers up to 20 litres (previous regulations restricted this to
So there's a 10l plastic can available for petrol?
Up until now a 20l metal jerrycan was not a "suitable container" - surely not
Might be worth pointing out what the regs actually say when next filling up at a supermarket pfs and see their reaction!