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Old 13 February 2005, 10:47   #1
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Sorry it is illegal to fill your boat at our petrol station!

Hi all.
I have always filled the built in tank of my Rib at forcourt petrol stations.
I have a great one near where I store the boat, easy run through and lots of room.
Saturday on the way out with the boat I pulled in to top of the tank and was told by the staff that they wouldn`t fill her since it was against the law.
I would have to fill one gallon containers take them away and fill her that way.
Since the law says that you can only have I think 20 litres in cans this would take a while to fill the 100 litre tank.
Since I was just topping off the tank I didn`t argue and shot of to launch before I lost the water. However I find no new laws on the net so I am assuming that they don`t know what they are talking about. Anybody know different before I start writing nasty letters to Sainsburys.
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Old 13 February 2005, 11:01   #2
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The "max. 20 litres in cans" law is in effect for safety reasons in many continental Europe countries, e.g. in Belgium. But can the tank of a boat, a motorbike or an ATV on a trailer be considered as a "can" ? I suggest you ask a lawyer.
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Old 13 February 2005, 11:05   #3
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Go ahead and write the letter.

The important bit here is the difference between 'tank' and 'container'. A container can only be used to store 5l if plastic and 10l if metal.

Your boat has a fuel tank and therefore is not restricted in this way. A tank is basically anything the engine can directly draw fuel from.
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Great idea

..........Use ASDA

Ill get me coat on the way out
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Old 13 February 2005, 11:41   #5
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Thanks Viper. Your input is up there with the Chocolate Fireguard.
Anyone else with any info.
Looking on the net, I think we are looking at petrol station staff who have failed their Woolworths exams.
However I still have to go in and convince them that they are muppets.
Oh and I`d look a right fool if they have just gone and passed another daft law prohibiting fuel transfer into an inflammable object for example.
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Old 13 February 2005, 12:11   #6
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Hi all.
I have always filled the built in tank of my Rib at forcourt petrol stations.
I have a great one near where I store the boat, easy run through and lots of room.
Saturday on the way out with the boat I pulled in to top of the tank and was told by the staff that they wouldn`t fill her since it was against the law.
I would have to fill one gallon containers take them away and fill her that way.
We use Sainsburys all the time never had any problems with filling up, our only problem is filling up car and boat at the same time as the pumps only give 100L before you have to pay

Could be the staff need educating
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Old 13 February 2005, 13:04   #7
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However I still have to go in and convince them that they are muppets.
Tell them that the rules regarding 'Portable Petrol Containers' as specified in - the Petroleum Act 1928 (PCA), the Petroleum-Spirit Regulations 1929 and the Petroleum-Spirit Regulations 1982, to which they are referring to do not apply to your boats 'fuel tank'.

If that doesn't work get them to ring head office and confirm it for you.

Been through this before when we ran very low on fuel. After walking up a very long shingle beach with no shoes on the garage refused to sell me petrol as I was trying to fill a mercury 25l plastic tank. I just kicked up a fuss and made them phone head office... got the petrol in the end.
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Old 13 February 2005, 14:13   #8
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Tell them the boat is CE approved and complies with all European laws - that should shut them up!!!
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Seen this problem before on the West Coast of Scotland. We watched (in amazement) as Dave Charrington put 500 gallons of petrol into a 8m osprey. Ullapool Shell garage took his money and then phoned the police and bubbled him as he drove the 200 yards back to the slipway. We fueled 25 ribs up that day from that garage

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Intresting tail Sainsberys on the Isle of Wight told me last summer
that although thay would not let me fill my portable 25 Lt tanks in the back of
van it was pefectly ok to drive on the forcourt and fill the boat up
same tanks diferent container ?????
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