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Why you could face a £1,000 fine for storing too much petrol at home – and how much is exceeding the limit

MOTORISTS have been warned they could be fined £1,000 if they store too much petrol at home.

If you have gas supplies in jerry cans in garages and sheds at home, you could be fined if you don’t follow the rules.

Motorists need to be careful when storing gasoline at home

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Motorists need to be careful when storing gasoline at homeCredit: Alamy

The legal limit for storing petrol at home without a special permit is currently 30 liters.

However, there are no specific legal requirements to store diesel at home as long as the liquid is stored in the correct containers.

According to the RAC, Brits are allowed to store up to 10 liters in a plastic container, up to 20 liters in a metal jerry can and up to 30 liters in a detachable fuel tank.

However, the Motorway Authority has warned of the dangers of domestic fuel stocks.

And you could be fined up to £1,000 if motorists don’t follow the rules.

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RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “Just because it’s legal to store up to 30 liters of petrol at home doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do when so many drivers are struggling to get the fuel they need to get to work need and do their important daily tasks.

“Those who are required to store fuel at home should follow the law carefully to protect themselves, their families and neighbours.

“Gasoline should always be kept in the proper containers in an outbuilding and never left outside.”

Storing gasoline in a secure outhouse — like a shed or garage — is key to avoiding the risk of fire.

It is also important that the container is kept away from sources of ignition and that the storage area is cool and well ventilated.

Diesel is not flammable like petrol, but the RAC emphasizes that it is “advisable to follow the same steps” as you would when storing a flammable liquid.

Gasoline can be stored in a closed container at 20 degrees for about six months.

However, the shelf life drops to just three months if the petrol can is stored at 30 degrees.

If the gasoline is contaminated, the quality will start to deteriorate sooner.

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