Changes on the horizon for petrol storage legislation

Find out how changes to the Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 due to come into force on 1st October 2014 will impact on your fire safety and satisfying your statutory obligations.

On 1st October 2014 the Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 are due to come into force.

As with existing petrol storage legislation, these Regulations will apply to:

  • Workplaces that store petrol and dispense through manual or electronic pumping from a storage tank, for example retail and non-retail petrol filling stations;
  • Storage of petrol at non-workplace premises, for example private homes, clubs and associations.

Under the new Regulations, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has advised that the following legislation is to be revoked or withdrawn without replacement:


Existing legislation to be revoked

  • Petroleum (Consolidation) Act 1928
  • The Petroleum Spirit (Motor Vehicles etc) Regulations 1929
  • The Petroleum (Mixtures) Order 1929
  • Petroleum (Transfer of Licenses) Act 1936
  • The Petroleum (Liquid Methane) Order 1957
  • The Petroleum (Regulation) Acts 1928 and 1936 (Repeals and Modifications) Regulations 1974
  • The Petroleum (Consolidation) Act 1928 (Enforcement) Regulations 1979
  • The Petroleum Spirit (Plastic Containers) Regulations 1982

Documents to be withdrawn without replacement

  • Approved Code of Practice COP6: Petroleum-Spirit (Plastic Containers) Regulations 1982. Requirements for testing and marking or labelling.
  • Approved Document L93:Approved tank requirements.The provisions for bottom loading and vapour recovery systems of mobile containers carrying petrol.

You should also be aware that The Approved Code of Practice ACOP L133 ‘Unloading petrol from road tankers’ is being reviewed and updated a spart of the consolidation work. The HSE plans to publish a revised version of L133 by the end of 2014.

The new Regulations consolidate much of the existing petrol storage legislation and therefore there is little change overall.


How will it affect me?

The HSE has published a comprehensive document ‘Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 Introduction of new Petroleum Regulations‘ to provide a summary of the effect of these new regulations on the following:

  • Petrol filling stations;
  • People who store petrol at home,clubs, associations etc;
  • Designers/manufacturers/suppliers of portable petrol storage containers;
  • Petroleum Licensing Authorities (PLAs);
  • Work places that do not dispense petrol.


Are you affected by the introduction of new Petroleum Regulations?

For advice on how these changes will impact on your fire safety and satisfying your statutory obligations, call Tenos on 0161 872 6798.