What is a reserve fuel tank

Fuel in reserve canisters: what is allowed?

Is it allowed to have petrol or diesel in a reserve canister in the car? And if so, in what quantities? We have put together everything you need to know about this topic.

Regulations in Germany

In Germany, inPrivate vehicles the total amount of 60 liters per reserve container must not be exceeded. The canister must comply with the reserve fuel canister approval (RKK). That means hetightfirmly lockable andshatterproof have to be. In order to keep the risk to the occupants as low as possible, the canister should be securely stowed away as far as possible from the people in the vehicle, i.e. preferably in the trunk. For safety reasons, it is advisable not to take more than 10 liters with you.

Regulations abroad

But what about abroad? We have listed the regulations on whether and how much fuel you can take with you in reserve canisters for the most important travel countries:

country

Allowed amount of fuel in canisters

country

Allowed amount of fuel in canisters

Belgium

10 liters

Netherlands

10 liters

Bulgaria

Take away prohibited

Austria

10 liters

Denmark

10 liters

Poland

20 liters

Estonia

20 liters

Portugal

10 liters

France

10 liters

Romania

Take away prohibited

Greece

Take away prohibited

Switzerland

25 liters

Italy

10 liters

Serbia

5 liters

Croatia

Take away prohibited

Slovakia

20 liters

Latvia

10 liters

Slovenia

10 liters

Liechtenstein

25 liters

Spain

10 liters

Lithuania

20 liters

Czech Republic

10 liters

Luxembourg

Take away prohibited

Turkey

25 liters

Montenegro

5 liters

Hungary

10 liters

North Macedonia

20 liters

If you ignore these guidelines, you have to go along with itsensitive fines that can vary from country to country.

safety first

Our tip: Regardless of the legal regulations, we generally recommend not to take more than 10 liters with you for safety reasons!

Reserve canisters on ferries

Special provisions apply to ferries. All travelers who transport their car by ferry are affected:

  • For safety reasons, there is a general ban on carrying reserve fuel in canisters on all ships to Great Britain, Ireland, Iceland and Cyprus.

  • In addition, it may be prohibited to take fuel on ferries to the Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. The responsible ferry company can provide more information.

Customs issues

Reserve fuel in canisters must be cleared when entering or leaving non-EU countries. There are no longer any customs limits for fuel within the EU. When importing more than 20 liters into Germany, however, mineral oil tax must be paid.

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