In the Can - Brian
For the past 8 or 9 years I have filled up a few cans every other weekend to top up the motorbikes each day, since bike tanks only give a range of 150 miles or so and it is a pain to stop every day at a garage to fill up.
Yesterday the pump attendant at our supermarket informed me that they had been visited by a jobsworth from the local Trading Standards who told them that it was only permitted for customers to fill two cans at a time.
Whilst I know that there are limits on storing fuel, this is the first I have heard of limits on the sale.
Apparently the speedboat owners who use the same garage to fill up for their outboards on the way to the coast are not too happy either.
Has anyone else encountered this problem?
Re: In the Can - Alex. L. Dick
What size of can - would jerricans be OK?
Re: In the Can - Brian
She did not specify, and I deliberately did not ask.
I usually have a couple of 2 gallon, or 10 litre, cans and a couple of 1 gallon/5 litre cans!
Re: In the Can - Cliff Pope
I often fill up a jerry can (4.5 English gallons) for use in lawnmowers or my classic tractor.
Just in case anyone questions it, I always leave it in the boot and just lift the lid, having chosen a pump where the operator's view is obscured. But I have never been challenged.

My answer ready for anyone who might say that it is illegal to store more than 2 gallons at home is that I am not going to store it, but pour it into said lawnmower and tractor.
There is no restriction on 'storing' petrol in a vehicle, even one that doesn't work.

Cliff Pope
Re: In the Can - Andy Bairsto
But is it not against the law to transport more than 5 litres in a vehicle other than in its tank .
Re: In the Can - Martin
Petroluem Act 1926 (?) used to say max 2 gallons to store at home. When I ran a petrol stationm the local TA used to fill huge numbers of jerricans on the grounds they were to put into engines for gennies etc. I suspect it was more to do with home consumption but that's another story.

They had a special docket to absolve them from the 2 gallon regs.

Anyway the local council Petroleum Officer used to say 2 gallons max for anyone to fill a container which must comply with the act by being "approved "

might be 10 litres now though

Re: In the Can - Andrew Hamilton
Petrol is a dangerous fire hazard as it volatises at room temperature. Accidents can happen to portable cans. A car petrol tank is much safer as it is fixed inside the structure of a car and it has a breather pipe. I would be very alarmed if my neighbour was storing 5 gallons of petrol in cans!

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