My car is 2km away from the nearest petrol station, but is completely empty. I really don't want to push it manually there. Therefore my questions:

  1. Is it legal at all to buy fuel (unleaded) at petrol station without a car?

  2. Can I pour fuel into a random container like plastic 5 litre water bottle?

  3. If answer to 2nd question is "no", then what is the quickest way of buying a jerrycan?

  • I can't comment on the UK but in the US at least you can't buy fuel in a random can. It must be a proper gasoline-holding can. I have bought one at a gas station before. Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 3:24
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    This question is not related to expatriatism at all. Btw you need to have a properly approved container (either plastic or metal) you can buy petrol in. Most bigger petrol stations actually sell them as well in their shops.
    – SztupY
    Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 10:42
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    I have done this repeatedly in Essex. The petrol station even sells the fuel canisters. It's not an overly big deal.
    – Gayot Fow
    Commented Nov 27, 2016 at 10:01


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