To: All Heads of Fire Departments
From: Stephen D. Coan, State Fire Marshal
Date: August 1, 2005
Re: Transportation of Gasoline

We are receiving many calls in our office with regard to the transportation of gasoline in vehicles and whether the use of a "gas-caddy" is legal in the Commonwealth. As a result of these calls, I am issuing this information.

In accordance with 527 CMR 8.21(5), …gasoline or other flammable petroleum product may be transported without a permit in any open vehicle or in a compartment of a closed vehicle separated from passengers, in total quantity not to exceed 21 gallons, provided such flammable liquid is contained in approved containers with no individual container exceeding seven gallons capacity. We request that this information be shared with gas stations in your area.

Further, the use of "gas-caddys" for the transportation of gasoline and/or diesel fuel is not allowed in the Commonwealth. The use of "gas-caddys" is confined to on-site storage at permitted locations.

If you have any questions, contact our Code Compliance and Enforcement Unit at 978-567-3375 or in Western MA 413-587-3181.