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#1 19-10-07 15:41:10

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Fuel cap penalty

Hi, does anyone know what the penalty for not having a fuel cap(21 tonne LGV) fitted is?

one of our drivers willingly drove out of the yard yesterday without a fuel cap, he drove about 30mins to local dealer for one to be fitted, just last week he got a £30 fine for not wearing a seatbelt, when i advised him of fuel cap missing, he said he was in a hurry and if caught it would only be a fine(must have "loadsa dosh").

I thought you could actually get points served, but can find any info specifically to fuel cap, any thoughts?

AL


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#2 19-10-07 19:25:31

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Re: Fuel cap penalty

I dont recall ever reading of a specific offence butit might be possible he could be commiting an offence of using a vehicle in a dangerous condition (Max £5000 fine + minimum 3 penalty points).

Perhaps one of the ex-traffic cops might be able to be more specific.


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#3 19-10-07 20:18:29

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Re: Fuel cap penalty

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/Dr … G_10022425

CU20 -  Causing or likely to cause danger by reason of use of unsuitable vehicle or using a vehicle with parts or accessories (excluding brakes, steering or tyres) in a dangerous condition = 3 points


Still not to sure though??????????


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#4 20-10-07 10:48:54

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Re: Fuel cap penalty

Regulation 39 Road vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986

Every fuel tank which is fitted to a wheeled vehicle for the purpose of supplying fuel to the propulsion unit or to an ancillary engine or to any other equipment forming part of the vehicle shall be constructed and maintained so that leakage of any liquid or vapour (except pressure relief mechanisms) from the tank is adequately prevented. This includes the fixing of a fuel cap on petrol and diesel vehicles.

Sorry not sure if this would result in a fine or points and a fine.


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#5 08-12-07 14:42:42

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Re: Fuel cap penalty

Hi, does anyone know what the penalty for not having a fuel cap(21 tonne LGV) fitted is?

one of our drivers willingly drove out of the yard yesterday without a fuel cap, he drove about 30mins to local dealer for one to be fitted, just last week he got a £30 fine for not wearing a seatbelt, when i advised him of fuel cap missing, he said he was in a hurry and if caught it would only be a fine(must have "loadsa dosh").

I thought you could actually get points served, but can find any info specifically to fuel cap, any thoughts?

AL

I hope the offending driver never has a slip on a diesel spill whilst riding a motorcycle!!!

As for getting caught and it only being a fine... I hope he can live with the death of a motorcyclist who lost control on all his spilt diesel on his conscience...


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#6 09-12-07 11:37:48

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Re: Fuel cap penalty

Not sure about the penalties.  But certainly he must be stupid.  By knowingly driving with it missing, he leaves himself wide open to lots of claims.  Not just from third party casualties and their insurers, but also from the local authority for clearing up any spills.  He only needed just one person to see and report him.  As previously said, is he happy to live with the possible deaths or injuries he might have caused.

I would say from your side, that his employer needs to start disciplinary procedures against him, as he is a liability to his company, for knowingly doing it.  He is also putting their O licence in jeopardy.


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#7 17-12-07 20:49:56

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Re: Fuel cap penalty

Totally irresponsible taking to the road without a fuel cap.If anyone has braked when fuel has been spilled you would get the fright of your life.Wonder what like his driving is?

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#8 17-12-07 21:04:21

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Re: Fuel cap penalty

Wonder what like his driving is?

His driving is of a very high standard, I have assessed him over the last 5 or 6 years, its not his driving skills that are in question here, its his "mentality". Sadly, this is something that is actually lacking in a lot of drivers, both professional and private


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Re: Fuel cap penalty

I thought that points were served too! will look into that!


Hi, does anyone know what the penalty for not having a fuel cap(21 tonne LGV) fitted is?

one of our drivers willingly drove out of the yard yesterday without a fuel cap, he drove about 30mins to local dealer for one to be fitted, just last week he got a £30 fine for not wearing a seatbelt, when i advised him of fuel cap missing, he said he was in a hurry and if caught it would only be a fine(must have "loadsa dosh").

I thought you could actually get points served, but can find any info specifically to fuel cap, any thoughts?

AL


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#10 05-09-08 10:18:12

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Re: Fuel cap penalty

Penalty points are applicable as per Dimmys post, 'driving the vehicle in a dangerous condition'


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#11 23-10-08 09:59:49

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Re: Fuel cap penalty

Followed a caourier truck a little while ago, every time he went around a roundabout fuel was pouring out of his tanks.  Once he stopped I told him about it and he was very offhand and didnt appear to be particularly bothered so I reported him to the Police - don't know what the outcome was though.

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#12 28-07-09 22:37:31

barrykenward
Verified Member
From: Portchester Nr Fareham
Registered: 26-07-09
Posts: 53

Re: Fuel cap penalty

Hi folks,

Definitive Answers of which there are potentially TWO:-

If it were to be looked upon as DANGEROUS or NUISANCE - Includes dangerous parts - Then we would look under Section 42 Road Traffic Act 1988 - Regulation 100(2) - FINE £120;

HOWEVER,

If fuel cap could NOT be construed as DANGEROUS - then it would come under Regulation 100(3) - FINE £30.

Both of these offences are embraced within the GRADUATED FIXED PENALTIES Regulations - Sect. 53 Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988, Fixed Penalty Order 2000.

If we were to only look under Road Vehicles (Construction & Use) Regulations 1988 - Reg. 27(1)(g) we would find that ONLY TYRES get an endorsement and £60 fine - ALL OTHERS are a fine £30.

Hope that helps?

Regards,

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