As a consequence of panic buying, many drivers have filled containers with fuel that they’re storing at home. They’re being urged to consider the safety implications…
Storing Fuel and Safety Concerns
A shortage of drivers, mixed with supply-chain issues, has caused some petrol stations to close in the UK. As a consequence, some drivers have resorted to panic buying – filling up plastic and metal containers with fuel. Naturally, these are typically stored at home; something which is causing serious safety concerns.
Whilst filling up containers isn’t illegal, there are rules. For instance, an individual may store up to 30 litres of petrol without a special licence, although there isn’t a limit for diesel. In addition, you may store up to 10 litres in a plastic container and 20 litres in a metal ‘jerry’ can. Nevertheless, you should store fuel containers in an outhouse i.e. your garage or a shed. It should be far removed from any possible sources of ignition and containers should have secure and tested lids and caps. Moreover, keep it somewhere that’s well-ventilated and cool. Finally, keep it out of reach of children and pets.
Legal Doesn’t Mean Sensible
Simon William’s, the RAC’s fuel spokesman, has commented on the rising number of drivers storing fuel. He said, “just because it’s legal to store up to 30 litres of petrol at home, doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do when so many drivers have been struggling to get the fuel they need to go to work and carry out their important daily tasks.
He continued, “those who need to should follow the law carefully to keep themselves, their families and neighbours safe. Petrol should always be kept in the proper containers in an outbuilding and never left outside”. In other words, don’t give into the temptation to hoard fuel or panic buy in general. Be considerate towards other drivers and be mindful of the safety risks of storing petrol or diesel.
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