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Will my mobile phone blow up the Petrol Station?

Pete Wood
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October 17, 2016 13:51

Good point blocco_a_spirale! Not long ago, our local Shell station in Oxford UK introduced a Pay at Pump with your mobile phone app. However, They've still got the signs up saying "No Mobile Phones on the Forecourt"... a bit of a contraduiction :-) Here's there video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvRXiiBoowU

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October 17, 2016 13:51

I think the mobile phone ban at petrol stations was originally introduced as a baseless precaution and is now maintained and enforced by the ignorant.

Cars are full of all kinds of viable ignition sources; relays, motors, solenoids, high-voltage ignition and lighting systems plus many kVs of static charge on the bodywork. Furthermore, many vehicles have installed radio equipment. Do the emergency services switch off all their radio equipment when filling up their vehicles?

Clearly, if reducing the risk of explosion/ fire is the concern, the most sensible policy would be to ban motor vehicles from forecourts.

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