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February 3, 2016 | Vol. 66, No. 3

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The new practice of using on-demand fueling services to bring gasoline and diesel to consumers may soon get a boost from the National Fire Protection Association.

On-demand fuel delivery startups like Filld, Purple, FuelMe and Booster Fuels feature a process that mirrors Uber’s—enabled by a smartphone app, you sign in and supply your payment information with the make, model, year and color of the car, and a driver is sent to fill your parked car with fuel, in most cases for some sort of delivery charge plus the price of gas. Motorists who use on-demand fuel delivery cite time savings, convenience, safety, cleanliness and mileage among the reasons they are willing to pay a little extra for the service.

As these startups look to move beyond their urban bases in California and Texas, certain regulatory agencies are likely to get involved, including DOT, weights and measures and the fire service, depending on the method used to transfer the fuel to the vehicle—portable gas cans or specially outfitted tank trucks.   

From the fire service perspective, Section 9.6 of the 2015 edition of the Code for Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages (NFPA 30A) covers refueling operations from tank vehicles. This section clearly applies only to fueling vehicles directly related to the function of the facility (i.e., commercial, industrial, governmental or manufacturing establishments). As currently written, the code does not permit on-demand fueling to the general public.  

Possible amendments to the 2018 edition of Section 9.6 that would pave the way for on-demand fueling to the general public are currently being considered by members of the Technical Committee on Automotive and Marine Service Stations. The exact language under consideration is shown below. If that language makes it out of the committee, the industry will be given ample opportunity to comment.

NFPA & On-Demand Fueling


PEI Women Conference

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9.6 Refueling from Tank Vehicles
The dispensing of Class I and Class II liquids in the open from a tank vehicle to a motor vehicle located at commercial, industrial, governmental, or manufacturing establishments in connection with their businesses shall be permitted only if all of the requirements of 9.6.1 through 9.6.7 9.6.9 have been met.

9.6.1   An inspection of the premises and operations shall be made and operations shall not be conducted unless approved by the authority having jurisdiction.

9.6.2   The tank vehicle shall comply with the requirements of NFPA 385, Standard for Tank Vehicles for Flammable and Combustible Liquids.

9.6.3   The dispensing hose shall not exceed 15 m (50 ft) in length.

9.6.4   The dispensing nozzle shall be a listed, automatic closing-type without a latch-open device.

9.6.5   Nighttime deliveries shall only be made in areas deemed adequately lighted by the authority having jurisdiction.

9.6.6   The tank vehicle flasher lights shall be in operation while dispensing operations are in progress.

9.6.7   Expansion space shall be left in each fuel tank to prevent overflow in event of temperature increase.

9.6.8   A means for bonding the tank vehicle to the motor vehicle shall be provided. Such bonding means shall be employed during fueling operations.

9.6.9   A spill kit designed for motor vehicle fuels shall be carried on the tank vehicle and employed in case of a fuel spill.

Is there a market for a new kind of full-service fill-up? Will the old-fashioned fuel business be upended the same way Uber disrupted the taxi market? Nobody, of course, knows for sure. But as the regulatory obstacles are removed, a number of people out there are willing to give it a try.

Northwest Pump & Equipment Co.
, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, has appointed Mark Mathews, currently vice president of sales, to be the company’s new president. Mathews, who marked his 40th year with the company in 2015, has led the sales team during the most prosperous years in Northwest Pump’s history. Gregg Miller, former president of Northwest Pump and PEI’s president in 1999, will continue to be active as the chief executive officer of the company and trustee of Northwest Pump’s employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).
J8 and the Acterra Group have promoted Trent Caster to the position of general manager and Dan Cannell to service manager of J8. Caster was most recently an account executive with J8; Cannell was a senior service technician for the company. Both are based in Denver, Colorado. J8 is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Acterra Group.

Registration is now open for the 2016 PEI Women Conference, to be held May 11-13, 2016, in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. The conference line-up is packed with exceptional educational sessions on industry-specific and professional development topics, as well as allowing plenty of time to network. The schedule includes:

  • Welcome reception and dinner on Wednesday, May 11.
  • Keynote and break-out sessions by Stacey Hanke: “Speak to Be Heard!” Hanke is a dynamic communications specialist who helps people eliminate the static that plagues communicative delivery—to persuade, sell, influence and present with a clear message.
  • Presentation on “The Future of Fuels” by John Eichberger, executive director of The Fuels Institute.
  • Two sessions by Vicki Hitzges: “Attitude Schmattitude: How to Stay Positive” and “New Tricks: Conquer the Challenge of Change.” Hitzges career has included hosting the weekly TV show Special Edition.
  • Interactive session by Bob Renkes on “Outrageous Industry Predictions: True or False?”

Early-bird registration for the PEI Women program is $495 ($595 for non-members) through March 11. After March 11, the fee increases to $595 for members ($695 for non-members). Note that the non-member registration fee includes a lifetime PEI Women membership. The fee includes all sessions and materials, breakfast, lunch, two receptions and two dinners. The room rate at the Bourbon New Orleans is $169 plus tax Monday, May 9, through Thursday, May 12, and $269 for Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14.

To learn more about the speakers, schedule and host hotel, and to register, click here.

Murphy USA
, El Dorado, Arkansas, said January 27 that it intends to work with Walmart on the remaining term of the existing program to build out 60 to 80 joint retail fuel sites for both 2016 and 2017. Walmart recently decided that going forward it would exclusively develop its own proprietary fuel operations alongside its Supercenters, although Murphy USA continues to operate gasoline outlets at or near about 1,100 Walmart stores.
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
has completed the acquisition of Ireland’s convenience store and fuel retailer Topaz.
Sunshine Gasoline Distributors, Doral, Florida, has acquired Miami-based Victory Petroleum, which includes about 50 gasoline stations.
GPM Investments LLC
, Richmond, Virginia, has signed an agreement to acquire 42 Apple Mart convenience stores with gasoline and about 25 dealer-operated stores in Virginia and Kentucky from Fuel USA, headquartered in Durham, North Carolina.

Illinois distributor
. Howard Lee & Sons Inc., 4093 Perryville Road, Cherry Valley, Illinois 61016, has applied for distributor division membership. Vicky Buhl is president of the firm, which was established in 1984. The company sells and services petroleum equipment, automotive lifts, lube equipment, and tire changers and balancers. Howard Lee & Sons represents CentralIL, DaycoParkr, GPI, Graco, HuskyCorp and Morrison. Sponsored for PEI membership by Kelly A. Mulligan, Morrison, Dubuque, IA. www.howardleesons.com
California repair and service firm. Complete Fueling Solutions, 12601 Jasmine Avenue, Bakersfield, California 93312, has applied for service and construction division membership. Aaron Koop is owner of the firm, which was established in 2013. The company builds stations and repairs, services and tests fueling station equipment and aboveground and underground tank systems. Sponsored for PEI membership by Gregg Miller, NWPump, Portland, OR.


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