The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) is proposing that amending regulations concerning the loading and unloading of petrol tankers should be introduced. The regulations are short and straightforward and are known as the Tank Vehicles (Loading and Unloading of Petroleum-Spirit) Regulations 200[-].
The proposals concern some requirements that remain in the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road Regulations 1996 and the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail Regulations 1996 (most of the other requirements are now contained in the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2004). The requirements remaining in both 1996 Regulations involve matters relating to the transport of petrol by tanker. The requirements in the 2004 Regulations relate only to the general carriage of dangerous goods and do not include specific requirements related to petrol. The requirements in the 1996 Regulations relate to the loading, carriage and unloading of petrol and are still needed for reasons of maintaining standards of safety and also to ensure continued compliance with a European Directive.
We believe the changes will not be significant - we are merely finding a new home for existing requirements. Since the new regulations do not change any legal duties, we believe they will not have any impact on costs or benefits for industry.