From: Harry Bloomfield on
GT expressed precisely :
> Which tends to cause chaos and requires people to move out of your way and
> leaves your car facing the wrong way on the forecourt and requiring more
> reversing to get out the exit direction, rather than the 'no entry' that you
> are now facing. Just have a little patience and go to the right side!

I never cause confusion, though I might get confused glances.

It is really simple, you just approach the pump going backwards and
then having filled up either continue backwards until you can turn
enough to go out forwards through the correct exit - or go forwards and
around the back to the correct exit. Why leave a perfectly good pump

I am quite happy to wait, but if you wait well back from the pumps,
someone is bound to go around you to beat you to a pump. I I see one
about to become free and it should happen to need me to go in backwards
to fill up, I prepare to reverse in.

Harry (M1BYT) (L)

From: Harry Bloomfield on
Peter Johnson explained on 23/05/2010 :
> My experience with supermarket filling stations is that a few years
> ago the hoses were made longer to reach round the far side of most
> cars during a refit. I can park my Renault Laguna with the nearside a
> foot away from the pump and reach the offside filler with the hose at
> full reach.

Our local one was refited last year and I cannot fill up either vehicle
on the wrong side without a real struggle with the pipe. One has to be
stretched all the way around the high rear - the other has to be
dragging it over the boot. Obviously the bike works from either side

Harry (M1BYT) (L)

From: Ret. on
Nick Finnigan wrote:
> GT wrote:
>> The hose length is controlled by law - it cannot touch the ground
>> when the nozzel is 'parked'.
> That does not control the length.

Indeed - many are on a retractable reel!

From: Ret. on
ARWadsworth wrote:
> "Harry Bloomfield" <harry.m1byt(a)> wrote in message
> news:mn.ba317da5373233c3.106911(a)
>> Ret. expressed precisely :
>>> What is the concern about which side the filler cap is on?
>>> On my car (Rover 75 tourer), the fuel filler cap is on the driver's
>>> side. If I'm queueing for fuel, however, and a pump becomes free
>>> which means me pulling up with my nearside to the pump - then I do
>>> just that because there is sufficient length on the pump hose to
>>> reach across. There is absolutely no need whatsoever to insist on having
>>> your
>>> filler cap next to the pump. It just does not matter!
>>> On numerous occasions I've 'jumped a queue' because of idiots
>>> waiting patiently in order to pull up on the 'right' side of a
>>> pump. Still, it benefits me, so why should I be concerned...
>> The hose cannot be relied upon to reach either of mine if on the
>> 'wrong' side, even if my tyres are rubbing against the island.
>> Neither of mine indicates which side the filler is on, but to save me
>> confusion I have label stuck to the visor of each will an arrow
>> marked on it to remind me where the filler is.
>> If a 'wrong side' pump becomes available, I simply reverse in.
>> --
>> Regards,
>> Harry (M1BYT) (L)
> That's OK if it is your car. When I am driving an unfamiliar car I
> usually have to open the petrol flap with the lever by the drivers
> seat when approaching the petrol station and then look in the wing
> mirors to see where the flap is.

But why do you need to when the hose will reach either side?


From: Ed Chilada on
On Sun, 23 May 2010 09:56:54 +0100, "GT" <a(a)b.c> wrote:

>The hose length is controlled by law - it cannot touch the ground when the
>nozzel is 'parked'. When I was a student I worked in a petrol station and
>the number of people who parked at the 'wrong' side of the pump absolutely
>amazed us. People would put their whole body weight into hauling the pipe
>round to fit into their car. If they waited for 2 minutes, they could fill
>up properly, like everyone else.

I totally see it the other way around - people waiting and causing
queues because they don't fancy pulling up against one that's on the
wrong side. Quite often I fill up on the wrong side - probably about a
quarter of the time. And quite often I've effectively 'overtaken'
someone who was waiting for one at the 'right' side and I'm out the
car and filling up while they're still sat in the queue waiting for
the person in front to finish buying their milk & bread in the shop.
In those circumstances I always make sure I catch their eye..