Environmental Protection - Petroleum Filling Stations

Requirements for the Unloading of Petroleum Spirit at Petrol Filling Stations and Other Licensed Premises

The Licensee must ensure that all Petrol Storage Tanks, dipsticks, gauges, offset fills and vapour recovery pipes are clearly labeled.

Before delivery of petroleum spirit begins a competent person - a person with enough practical and theoretical knowledge and actual experience to carry out the task safety and effectively, (other than the tanker driver) must be nominated by the Licensee to be in charge of the storage tanks.

This person must not allow delivery to begin until:

  1. The tank has been checked to ensure delivery can be accepted without overflow.
  2. The vapour balance hose (if applicable) and then the delivery hose have been correctly connected.
  3. Any other dipping opening in that tank has been securely closed.
  4. The tank has been isolated from other storage tanks by the closure of suitable valves.
  5. Part A of the Delivery Certificate has been filled in by the competent person in the presence of the tanker driver. This must be done only after compliance with 1-4 above.


The driver of the road tanker should then complete Part B of the Certificate.

The driver should not begin delivery into the storage tank until:

  1. He has correctly connected the vapour balance hose and the delivery hose to the appropriate tank and tanker faucets.
  2. The competent person is keeping watch in close proximity to the tanker.

During the delivery the competent person must stay in the vicinity of the tanker/tanks and keep a constant watch to prevent a hazardous situation arising which would include ensuring no petrol escapes and the driver must keep a constant water on the houses and tanker to ensure, as far as possible, that no petrol escapes.

After the delivery the competent person must give the tope copy of the Delivery Certificate to the tanker drive who must then give it to the petrol supplier who must keep it for not less than 12 months after the delivery and the second copy must be retained by the Licensee on the site for the same period.

This is an abbreviated form of the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road Regulations 1996 Schedule 12.

Failure to comply with these Regulations may lead to prosecution and a fine of up to £5,000.


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Modified: 2007-01-15
Published: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:12:57
Author: Allison Helyer
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