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Most motor trade businesses were ready for new legislation

The final stage of new regulations, which cover the storage of oil on commercial premises, came into effect at the beginning of September.

Fortunately, it appears that the majority of businesses in the motor trade were prepared. “Back in March, many businesses weren’t ready, but now only 1% of our customers do not meet legislation,” says Jonathan Garton, general manager of Total Lubricants UK.

“This small percentage includes a variety of businesses including a franchised dealer who will need to completely replace its oil tank. But we have been busy this year, installing around 50 new tanks in order to comply with this legislation.”

The new regulations, which are being enforced by the environment agency, covers oil stored in tanks, bulk containers, oil drums and mobile bowsers. It includes oil of any kind including engine oil, petrol and oils used in solvents.

Businesses will be required to ensure that oil containers are of sufficient strength to ensure there will be no leakage or likelihood of bursting, and they must be situated in a secondary containment unit, such as a drip tray.

Containers must also be able to hold at least 110% of their stated volume.

“This legislation is the minimum requirement but we are promoting a best practice and common sense approach,” explains Garton.

“We have an ongoing plan based around best practice of oil storage for around 45% of our customers.”

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