Are you storing your red diesel stock correctly? The regulations for storing red diesel can vary depending on the area in which your storage facility is based, how old the facility is, and the purpose for which you are using the fuel. However, incorrect fuel storage can have terrible environmental implications, meaning that even the most careful of red diesel users can get a little worried when it comes to making sure that they are storing their stock in the right manner. If you are looking for specific advice on how to store your red diesel, it’s a good idea to contact your local environmental regulator.

Who Has to Follow the Rules

The rules for storing red diesel in England and Wales apply to everybody, unless your storage tank was installed before 1991, or has a maximum capacity of 1,500 litres. The rules and regulations are similar in Northern Ireland, however owners with a storage tank installed before 2003 or with a maximum capacity of 1,250 litres are exempt. If your storage tank does not fall within the category which relates to the area where you are based, you are bound by a set of rules for storing red diesel.

Law Exemptions

The law on storing red diesel or tractor oil, as it’s commonly called in the farming industry, can vary a lot between countries. Occasionally, there may be exemptions made in certain areas or changes made to the laws for varying environmental reasons. Adjustments may be made to your storage facilities in certain cases, such as if an environmental regulator considers the site to be a threat to the environment. There are no exemptions to the storage laws in Scotland.

Where to Store Red Diesel

Red diesel fuel can be stored in either fixed tanks or mobile bowsers. The storage option which you choose will largely depend on how you use your red diesel fuel. In any case, it is important to abide by the regulations for red diesel fuel set out by your local authority. Those found to have neglected these rules could be fined any may have to appear in court.