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Have you ever had your fuel checked by the fuel police?

I read from time to time about people getting caught running farm diesel or the like. How do you get caught and why do they check the fuel? I have never seen a local DPS officer ask to check my gas tank before he has written a ticket. So how do you get caught.

Does farm diesel have more sulfur in it? I have a 500 gallon tank and never bother to ask the delivery guy about that.

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it has a dye in it. once you use it, you've broke the law. even if you havent it was the someone before you. once it is used most of the time that truck legally has to be just for farm use.

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I read from time to time about people getting caught running farm diesel or the like. How do you get caught and why do they check the fuel? I have never seen a local DPS officer ask to check my gas tank before he has written a ticket. So how do you get caught.

Does farm diesel have more sulfur in it? I have a 500 gallon tank and never bother to ask the delivery guy about that.
Mainly its due to lost revenue...red farm fuel isn't taxed so the guy writing your ticket is the one who earns his income from your tax dollars ...if you're using tax excempt fuel...he don't get paid....

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Nope, never had the fuel dipped.


I think most "off road fuel" is still LSD, not ULSD. but the biggy is the taxes that don't get paid on the off road fuel, that's what pisses them off.

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The dye is just that dye...an indicator that its farm use only or tax excempt fuel...it burns and causes no long term effects...so once its used up there is no way the truck is grounded from Highway use.

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I've ran it before. I got 40 gallons of it for free from my neighbor but it seemed to have a more "sulfur" smell to it.

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Never had my tank dipped, but I know in many rural areas the police, in conjunction with the feds, will periodically setup roadblocks specifically to look for off road diesel (red dyed) being used in on the road vehicles - the most common scenario of course being farm or construction industry pickups. It's a significant fine if you're caught - $10K and up if I recall correctly. As some one said above, it's a federal tax issue. Off road diesel is sold without the federal highway tax, since legally any vehicle using it wouldn't be on the streets, and therefore the feds cannot legally collect this tax which is intended for highway repair.

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So if i get stopped driving a diesel vehicle the police can check my fuel for no reason? That sounds fair. lol

I know the fuel is tax exempt, last tank was 2.12 a gallon. I just want to know how they decide to check you on it. I have run some in the past and it burns the same and the color does not live for ever in the tank. The only real reason i do not run it is because i figure the fuel tank i have might be a little nasty inside and do not need more problems with my 40k truck. The 75k dozer and the 50k tractor are tougher.

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I've actually heard that off-road diesel is a little bit better for your truck, but I don't know. That's just what I've heard. All I can say is I'd hate to happen to get caught with dyed fuel in my tank. That'd be my luck if I ever did it for the first time.
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If you get caught, there is a HUGE fine. Not worth it.

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