PETROLEUM ordinance

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

DANGEROUS PETROLEUM

2. Regulation of the importation, transport and possession of dangerous petroleum.

3. Application for licence to import, transport or possess such petroleum.

4. Power to grant licence.

5. Transport of dangerous petroleum.

6. Vessels containing dangerous petroleum to be labelled.

PETROLEUM GENERALLY

7. Owner or master of ship carrying petroleum to give notice on entering into port.

8. Power to make rules as to the importation of petroleum.

9. Procedure after petroleum has been discharged or landed. Testing of samples.

10. Minister may allow consignee to apply for a new licence or to rectify or re-export.

11. When Minister may dispose off petroleum.

12. Possession and transport of petroleum.

13. Power to make rules as to possession and transport of petroleum.

14. Power to inspect and require dealers to sell samples.

15. Notice to be given when officer proposes to test samples.

16. Certificate as to result of such testing.

17. Power to hawk petroleum.

18. Minister may make rules regarding the licensing of carts for the conveyance of petroleum.

19. Rules as to apparatus and tests for determining flashing point.

PENALTIES

20. Penalty for illegal importation of petroleum.

21. Penalty for keeping, transporting, selling petroleum in contravention of section 6.

22. Penalty for owner or master of a ship failing to give the required notice.

23. Penalty for refusing to comply with section 14.

24. Penalty for hawking in contravention of section 17.

25. Prosecution to be instituted in Magistrate's Court.

26. Confiscation of petroleum.

27. Confiscations to be sold as Magistrate may direct.

MISCELLANEOUS

28. Rules when to have force of law.

29. Minister may exempt petroleum from operation of this Ordinance may apply this Ordinance to other fluids and limit operation of enactments relating to Municipalities, Urban Councils or Town Councils.

30. Power to revoke or vary notification.

31. Magistrates may grant search warrants for petroleum.

32. Power of a police officers to seize and detain petroleum for contravention of section 17.

33. Burden of proof as to exceptions, exemptions.

34. Special regulations with regard to petroleum for motor cars.

35. Delegation by local authority of power to sign licences to other persons.

36. Interpretation.

6 of 1887,

1 of 1893,

2 of 1902,

14 of 1904,

13 of 1905,

28 of 1909,

4 of 1911,

18 of 1918,

9 of 1920,

4 of 1935,

15 of 1936,

61 of 1939,

27 of 1940,

3 of 1946,

24 of 1956.

AN ORDINANCE to regulate the importation, possession, transport and hawking of Petroleum and other fluids of a like nature.

[Date of Commencement: 1st July, 1887]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Petroleum Ordinance.

DANGEROUS PETROLEUM

2. Regulation of the importation, transport and possession of dangerous petroleum.

No quantity of dangerous petroleum exceeding forty gallons shall be imported or transported or kept by any person or on the same premises, except under and in accordance with the conditions of a licence from the local authority; and such licence shall be granted as next hereinafter provided.

3. Application for licence to import, transport or possess such petroleum.

Every application for such licence shall be in writing and shall declare—

(a) the quantity of such petroleum which it is desired to import, transport or possess, as the case may be;

(b) the premises at and the vessels in which such petroleum is to be stored;

(c) the purpose for which the applicant believes such petroleum will be used; and

(d) that petroleum other than dangerous petroleum cannot be used for such purpose.

4. Power to grant licence.

If the local authority sees reason to believe that such petroleum will be used for such purpose and that no petroleum other than dangerous petroleum can be used for such purpose, he may grant such licence for the importation, transport or possession, as the case may be, of such petroleum, absolutely or subject to such conditions as he thinks fit.

5. Transport of dangerous petroleum.

No quantity of dangerous petroleum equal to or less than forty gallons shall be kept or transported without a licence from the local authority:

Provided that nothing in this section shall apply in any case where the quantity of such petroleum kept by any one person or on the same premises or transported, does not exceed three gallons and such petroleum is placed in separate glass, earthenware or metal vessels, each of which contains not more than a pint and is securely stopped.

6. Vessels containing dangerous petroleum to be labelled.

All dangerous petroleum—

(a) which is kept at any place after seven days from the date on which it is be imported; or

(b) which is transported; or

(c) which is exposed for sale,

shall be contained in vessels which shall bear a label in conspicuous characters in the Sinhala, Tamil and English languages, stating the nature of the contents thereof, with the addition of the words "highly inflammable” and with the addition;

(d) in the case of a vessel kept, of the name and address of the consignee or owner;

(e) in the case of a vessel transported, of the name and address of the sender; and

(f) in the case of a vessel sold or exposed for sale, of the name and address of the vendor.

PETROLEUM GENERALLY

7. Owner or master of ship carrying petroleum to give notice on entering into port.

The owner or master of every ship carrying a cargo any part of which consists of petroleum on entering any port of Sri Lanka shall give notice of the nature of the cargo to the principal officer of customs of such port.

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