The updated rules require additional labelling on fuel dispensers and nozzles on UK forecourts from 1 September to counter the growing problem of “misfuelling” when drivers fill up with the wrong type of fuel.
The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has issued a reminder to forecourt operators as the deadline approaches. James Lowman, chief executive of the organisation, said: “The key message for staff to communicate to consumers is that there has been no change to the fuel they put in their vehicles: this is just a new way of identifying the type of fuel.
“We will continue to work with the Department for Transport to ensure all members who sell fuel are displaying the right information at their sites. The new labelling requirements are being incorporated into our assured advice scheme which gives sound advice and legal assurance to retailers who sign up to it.”
Under the new system, petrol will be labelled E5 and diesel will be labelled B7. The labels will be used on fuel dispensers and nozzles at all petrol stations and will also be featured on new vehicles. The labels use symbols plus a letter and number relating to the type of renewable fuel and the maximum percentage of renewable fuel it contains.
Retailers can download an ACS guide for forecourt staff and posters to explain the labelling change to customers at www.acs.org.uk/advice/storing-and-selling-fuel