E10 petrol: Drivers warned of ‘risky’ fuel storage as the shelf life can differ in heat

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Over the last two weeks, drivers have been experiencing long queues after a shortage of fuel in some areas. Many drivers have also experienced some motorists panic buying petrol, filling up their car as well as jerry cans and other stores.

To avoid running out of fuel and having to wait in mile long queues for fuel, motorists have been choosing to use extra containers with petrol.

Many of those filling up will most likely be storing them either in their vehicle or at home.

Legally, people can store up to 30 litres of petrol at home or at a non-workplace premises without informing your local Petroleum Enforcement Authority (PEA).

Drivers can store it in suitable portable metal or plastic containers, one demountable fuel tank or a combination of the two as long as no more than 30 litres is kept.

According to the Government Health and Safety Executive, plastic containers can store up to 10 litres, metal containers can store up to 20 litres and 30 litres can be stored in a demountable fuel tank.

They are clear to point out that the petrol in a fuel tank does not count towards the total amount they are storing.

Keith Hawes, Director of Nationwide Vehicle Contracts, shared his advice on how drivers can store E10 and how to do it safely.

He said: “Over the past week or so the ongoing energy crisis has caused the mass panic buying of fuel, further exacerbating long queues and shortages of petrol and diesel across the country.

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“To try and avoid the dreaded queues, or risk not being able to refuel, Brits have been stocking up on their petrol supply by filling their tanks, and extra containers, to ensure they have a supply to last.

“However, storing fuel in your car can be risky.

“If you’re storing fuel in your vehicle, it is essential to keep the containers with the fuel away from passengers and the cap must be secure and tight on the lid, to prevent any leakages.

“It is recommended that you only carry excess fuel in your vehicle if it is absolutely necessary as there are huge risks when doing so.

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