Originally Posted by Jono
So, in conclusion...? Operators and Schools need to get their acts together.. the rest of us can carry on driving around in potential fire bombs... Yeeha!
For reasons of our own pax business and also the companies that we supply/advise we have studied this well but also called in HSE to inspect our operation.
Conclusion is that it is legal to transport up to 220litres. There are many points but as a guide.
1. Use approved containers.
2. Containers must be in sep. compartment from driver eg. pick up/trailer.
3. Do not confuse storage with transport.... dont leave you truck parked up full of cans on the highway.
4. Max that can be transported is 220 litres.
The fueling operation then need sound mangement and we advise.
1. Truck has daily/monthly and yearly checks just as you would with a PSV. Remember the greatest risk is an RTA so reducing this risk is no. 1.
2. Truck is cleay marked with DG warning triangles. Cans also marked.
3. Auto fire extingushers fitted to truck. Manual ones also inside cab.
4. Cans are checked on a monthly basis by our workshop ... all these checks logged.
5. Limit to any can being 25kg for lifting HSE issues.
6. We have a company training prog. for fuel handlers and an internal exam that they must sit each year before being able to do that job.
7. A thorough RA plan on the proceedure following everything from earthing to leaving empty (fume filled) cans on the quay. The plan must also show a system of audit. Include everything from smoking/spill proceedures/dermatitis from fuel splash etc and make sure truck has suitable equipment on board. Not as difficult to do as sounds.
With regards to Cod Prawns idea then a professional approach would be to contact Fuel Proof who make dedicated bowsers and are hopeful to get the first such legal tank on the road soon. I am aware of a commercial operator who used a similar (CP) tank and is currently being prosectuted.
Same old story in that if you do it commercial then you have to throw good money at it and do it right. We supplied and advised the London Operation as mentioned and that has also been audited.
To throw a spanner in the works do remember that diesel is now under DG regs !
And CP, if you can afford the 400 litres then surely you can afford to settle the gesture that is long overdue or maybe we should leave that to another thread oneday !