Sections Particulars
Preliminary
1 Short title, extent and commencement
(1) This Act may be called the Petroleum Act, 1934. 3[(2) It extends to the whole of India 4[***].] (3) It shall come into force on such date5 as the Central G...
2 Definitions
In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,- (a) "petroleum" means any liquid hydrocarbon or mixture of hydrocarbons, and any i...
Chapter I Control Over Petroleum
3 Import, transport and storage of petroleum
(1) No one shall import, transport or store any petroleum save in accordance with the rules made under section 4. (2) Save in accordance with the conditions of...
4 Rules for the import, transport and storage of petroleum
(a) prescribing places where petroleum may be imported and prohibiting its import elsewhere; (b) regulating the import of petroleum; (c) prescribing the period...
5 Production, refining and blending of petroleum.
(1) No one shall produce, refine or blend petroleum save in accordance with the rules made under sub-section (2). (2) The Central Government may make rules – (...
6 Receptacles of dangerous petroleum to show a warning
All receptacles containing 17[petroleum Class A] shall have a stamped, embossed, painted or printed warning, either on the receptacle itself or, where that is...
7 No license needed for transport or storage of limited quantities of petroleum Class B or petroleum Class C
Notwithstanding anything contained in this Chapter, a person need not obtain a license for the transport or storage of – (i) petroleum Class B if the total qu...
8 No license needed for import, transport or storage of small quantities of petroleum Class A
(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Chapter, a person need not obtain a license for the import, transport or storage of petroleum Class A not inten...
9 Exemptions for motor conveyances and stationary engines
(1) The owner of a motor conveyance, who complies with the requirements of the law for the time being in force relating to the registration and licensing of s...
10 No license needed by railway administration acting as carrier
Notwithstanding anything contained in this Chapter, a railway administration, as defined in section 3 of the Indian Railway Act, 1890, need not obtain any lic...
11 Exemption of heavy oils
Nothing in this Chapter shall apply to any petroleum which has its flash-point not below ninety-three degrees Centigrade.] ...
12 General power of exemption
The central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, exempt any petroleum specified in the notification from all or any of the provisions of t...
13 Inspection of places
(1) The Central Government may authorize any officer by name or by virtue of office to enter any place where petroleum is being imported, stored, produced, re...
Chapter II The Testing Of Petroleum
14 Inspection and sampling of petroleum
(1) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, authorize any officer by name or by virtue of office to enter any place where petrole...
15 Standard Test Apparatus
(1) A standard apparatus for determining the 25[flash-point] of petroleum shall be deposited with an officer to be appointed in this behalf by the Central Gov...
16 Certification of other test apparatus
(1) The officer appointed under section15 shall, on payment of the prescribed fee, if any, compare with the Standard Test Apparatus any apparatus for determin...
17 Testing Officer
The Central Government may authorize any officer by name or by virtue of office to test petroleum of which samples have been taken under this Act, or which ma...
18 Manner of test
All tests of petroleum made under this Act shall be made with a test apparatus in respect of which there is a valid certificate under section 16, shall have d...
19 Certificate of testing
27[(1) The testing officer after testing samples of petroleum shall make out a certificate in the prescribed form, stating whether the petroleum is petroleum ...
20 Right to require re-tests
(1) The owner of any petroleum, or his agent, who is dissatisfied with the result of the test of the petroleum may, within seven days from the date on which h...
21 Power to make rules regarding tests
The Central Government may make rules- (a) for the specification, verification, correction and replacement of the Standard Test Apparatus; (b) prescribing fee ...
22 Special rules for testing viscous or solid forms of petroleum
The Central Government may also make rules providing specially for the testing of any form of petroleum which is viscous or solid or contains sediment or thic...
Chapter III Penalties And Procedure
23 Generally penalty for offences under this Act
(1) Whoever- (a) in contravention of any of the provisions of Chapter I or of any of the rules made thereunder, imports, transports, stores, produces, refines...
24 Confiscation of petroleum and receptacles
(1) In any case in which an offence under clause (a) or clause(b) or clause (c) of sub-section (1) of section 23 has been committed, the convicting Magistrate...
25 Jurisdiction
Offences punishable under this Act shall be triable, in the Presidency towns, by a Presidency Magistrate, and elsewhere the Magistrate of the first class, or ...
26 Power of entry and search
(1) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, authorize any officer by name or by virtue of office to enter and search any place wh...
27 Notice of accidents with petroleum
Whenever there occurs in or about, or in connection with, any place in which petroleum is refined, blended or kept, or any carriage or vessel either conveyin...
28 Inquiries into serious accidents with petroleum
(1) The inquiry mentioned in section 176 of the 34[Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973], shall 35[unless section 8 of the Corners Act, 1871, is applicable to th...
Chapter IV Supplemental
29 Provisions relating to rules
(1) In making any rules under this Act, the Central Government may- (a) provide for any matter ancillary to such rules for which in 13[its] opinion provision ...
30 [Repealed by the Inflammable Substances Act, 1952 (20 of 1952)]
31 Power to limit powers of local authority over petroleum
Where any enactment confers powers upon any local authority in respect of the transport or storage of petroleum, the Central Government may, by notification i...
32 [Repealed by the Repealing Act, 1938 (1 of 1938)]
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