Get to grips with the new rules and find out how we can
help you with your fuel storage and transportation
Get to grips with the new rules and find out how we can help you with your fuel storage and transportation requirements.
Fuel bowser regulations have changed
On 9th May 2019, a new UK regulation came into force, ending a 15-year exemption for fuel bowsers that don’t meet ADR road carriage requirements. Here we explain why the new rules are in place, what they mean and how businesses can stay compliant.
Why were they introduced?
In 2004, diesel and gas oil were reclassified as combustible and flammable liquids. This led to new road carriage requirements as regulated by the ADR to ensure that these fuels would be transported safely on public roads.
To give industries time to adapt to the new regulation, the Department of Transport introduced a 15-year exemption period that authorised the use of certain bowsers as IBC. This time has now lapsed.
What are the regulation requirements?
- 110% bunded (single-skinned tanks should be replaced)
- Must be classified as intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) and NOT tanks
- Must not have been manufactured before May 10th 2004
- Must comply with current EU Environmental Regs for the elimination of accidental spillage
- Pressure testing and external inspections must be performed every 2.5 years
- Internal inspections must be performed every 5 years
- All roadworthiness tests must be recorded and documentation obtained
CHECK YOU BOWSERS
How to check if your bowsers are compliant
- Check the documentation / certifications that came with your bowser
- These should state if it’s an IBC or a tank
- Check if your tank has approval or manufacturer plates
- Check for the UN packaging symbol (or the stamped letters ‘UN’)