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Storing and Selling Fuel

Any local shop that chooses to store fuel must be aware of safety risks and the strict legal requirements in place. This guidance provides an overview of what is required of you as a business owner in terms of storing fuel safely and storing it legally.

Download the Selling and Storing Fuel Guide

Your obligations with regard to the safe storage and sale of fuel are contained in the Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014, The Dangerous Substances & Explosive Atmosphere Regulations 2002 and the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The most important things you need to know about storing and selling fuel are:

  • You need permission from your local Council or Fire Authority to store fuel.
  • You also need permission for your vapour recovery system from your local Council.
  • Permissions will only be given if your site is suitable for the storage of fuel.
  • You can only store fuel in a safe manner, having carried out a risk assessment.
  • You cannot sell fuel to under 16 year olds and persons under this age should not use the pumps.

This guidance is intended to be used by site keepers that have responsibility for:

  • Their own site
  • Groups of independent sites
  • Groups of franchised sites

The guide is not intended for sites where the sole means of filling vehicles is through staff filling customer vehicles for them, or sites where no staff are present. This guide also does not cover the sale of hydrogen and other alternative fuels. Further advice in these areas can be provided by your fuel officer.

E10 Rollout

From 1st September 2021, there will be a 2-month period before the fuel sold at filling stations will be required to meet the 5.5% (ethanol content) minimum requirement to allow time for fuel deliveries around the UK.

These changes apply to fuel retailers that sell more than 1 million litres of fuel (both petrol and diesel) a year unless a specific exemption applies (detailed further below).

E10 petrol is any fuel grade up to 10 per cent ethanol, meaning anything over E5 grade is deemed to be E10. This will help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions associated with petrol vehicles in efforts to tackle climate change.

Detailed ACS advice on the E10 rollout is available here: https://www.acs.org.uk/advice/e10-fuel-grade-rollout

For more information about the changes and to download Government assets around fuel labelling,  please visit https://knowyourfuel.campaign.gov.uk/