Drivers warned they could be breaking the LAW by stockpiling petrol- don’t get caught out

DRIVERS have been warned that they could be breaking the LAW by stockpiling petrol – here’s how to not get caught out.

According to the Health and Safety Executive, you can only legally store up to 30 litres of petrol at your home without informing the correct authorities.

Brits are being warned that it could be ILLEGAL to have too much petrol at home


Brits are being warned that it could be ILLEGAL to have too much petrol at homeCredit: LNP

This means that Brits who are needlessly stockpiling petrol at home in jerry cans could be breaking the law.

Rules say that just 20 litres of petrol can be stored in a metal jerry can at home, either in a shed or garage.

And no more than 10 litres are allowed to be held in plastic alternative containers.

If Brits are holding more than this – they legally have to tell their local Petroleum Enforcement Authority (PEA) in writing.

Guidelines also dictate that you must give them your name and address of storage location.

When driving from a petrol station, you can only carry two jerry cans in a vehicle at one time – and they must be stored in the boot.

The containers also have to be clearly marked with the words “petrol” and “highly flammable.”

And the AA recommends people should not consider transporting excess fuel in their vehicles, or contemplate storing it at home. 

The consequences could also cause an explosion, motorists have been warned.

The caps on plastic or metal holders must be secured tightly during transit to prevent leaks, and fire services advise against filling them up to the brim.

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The fuel expands and the increasing pressure allows vapours to build up in warm conditions – which could trigger an explosion.

Greedy gas-guzzlers have been spotted filling up multiple containers and stockpiling them in their boot – without regard for the dangers that come with it.

Retired firefighter Steve Dudeney has now urged people to “beware” of carrying fuel reserves in their cars – as they could blow up.

The former senior officer in the London Fire Brigade shared the story of a haunting incident he had been called to 12 years ago – alongside a picture of the devastation.

“This is a photo from an incident I attended 12 years ago,” he wrote in a tweet.

“The man driving the car had filled some petrol containers up and placed them in the boot,” he explained.

“The escaping petrol vapour met an ignition source in his car, this was the result. Panic buyers beware!!

“He was still alive but badly burned when I arrived, airlifted to a burns unit, I never heard if he survived.”


Motorists rushing to grab as much fuel as possible are feared to be ignoring key safety rules for the sake of stashing as much as they can.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson is being urged to give NHS staff and police officers priority access to petrol amid warnings the pump chaos could put lives at risk.

Unions are calling on the PM to set aside fuel stocks for emergency services workers so that they can carry on doing their jobs.

The British Medical Association said there’s a growing danger some healthcare staff won’t be able to get to “very ill patients at home”.

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Its plea comes after an ambulance driver was abused by motorists for filling up after it took her two days to find petrol.

Meanwhile cops were forced to jump a massive queue at a service station in Hackney, East London, so they didn’t run out of gas.

The Sun understands ministers are not currently considering granting emergency workers special access to fuel.

Today one police force was forced to plead with people to stop putting others in danger by ringing 999 about petrol station queues.

Essex constabulary was swamped with more than 100 calls to its emergency hotlines in less than 24 hours.

Chief Superintendent Jenny Barnett warned: “If our call handlers are dealing with calls about traffic build up, they’re unable to take calls from people who really need our help.”

No 10 stressed again today that there is “no shortage” of fuel in the country and urged people to stop needlessly panic buying.


Motor store Halfords revealed sales of such containers rocketed by a whopping 1,656% this weekend as Brits stockpiled fuel.

BMA boss Dr Chaand Nagpaul said the crisis is getting so bad “there is a real risk that NHS staff won’t be able to do their jobs”.

He said: “Emergency and essential workers rely on fuel both to travel to work and for their work itself.

“Whether this is to get to hospitals, practices and other healthcare settings, or for ambulances to reach people in urgent need of care and GPs to visit very ill patients at home.

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“Everyone will have their own reasons for needing to fill up, but as pumps run dry there is a real risk that NHS staff won’t be able to do their jobs and provide vital services and care to people who urgently need it.

“While the Government has said it is putting plans in place to alleviate the shortage of HGV drivers to transport fuel, the results of this won’t be immediate.

“Healthcare and essential workers must therefore be given priority access to fuel so they can continue their crucial work and guarantee care to patients.”

Boris Johnson is being urged to set aside fuel reserves for emergency workers


Boris Johnson is being urged to set aside fuel reserves for emergency workersCredit: Geoff Robinson
Huge queues have sprung up at petrol forecourts with widespread panic buying


Huge queues have sprung up at petrol forecourts with widespread panic buyingCredit: Geoff Robinson

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