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Regulations Prohibiting the Sale of Petrol and Diesel into Containers Under the Spotlight

July 20, 2021

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

An amendment to Regulations Prohibiting the Sale and Dispensing of Petrol and Diesel into Containers is on the cards.

The mineral resources and energy department published the Regulations in Government Gazette 44861 on 16 July 2021 in terms of the Petroleum Products Act.

The Regulations apply to the retailing of petrol and diesel only and prohibit the sale and dispensing of petrol and diesel into a container.

The Controller of Petroleum Products will ensure that retail licensees comply with the prohibition.

The Regulations came into effect on the date of publication.

In a statement, the department has “considered the concerns it has received from valid use(rs) of containers to purchase petrol and diesel for various reasons”.

The department confirmed that, as a consequence, the Regulations have been reviewed to clarify what is referred to as a container.

“For the purposes of these Regulations, a “Container” refers to an object that is not approved for the holding or transporting of petrol and diesel according to the relevant South African National Standards (SANS).”

The amendment will be gazetted soon.