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If I ever find the time to finish the "Know Your Fuels" sticky I'll have a good explanation of this, but red diesel (also known as off road diesel, farm diesel, red fuel, dyed fuel, etc...) is for any application calling for #2 fuel oil that does NOT involve over the road use. This includes everything from home heating oil (yes, that tank outside your house or in your basement is full of diesel fuel-no you should not tap into it), generators, boats, farm equipment, construction equipment, and old farm trucks that never leave the property.
The fuel is dyed red to denote that it is untaxed as in the federal and state diesel fuel taxes do not apply. Red diesel tends to be on average about $0.25 per gallon cheaper than on road fuel, hence the motivation for some to use it, especially if you're using large quantities. However, if you get caught, the tax man will take it out of your you-know-what. As stroketechintraining said, its not common, but it's not all that uncommon either. Tractor trailers, tri-axles, dump trucks, etc...tend to receive more scrutiny, but diesel pickups are not immune to being "dipped."
Here in NJ I seriously doubt I'd ever be dipped at a traffic stop (maybe if I had a transport tank in the bed and I was either being a prick or the officer just wanted to be one), but it does happen a lot at equipment/livestock auctions where lots of diesel pickups are gathered in one place. I know that a couple of guys got nabbed at the state fair last summer.
That being said, the fines here in NJ are something like $1000 for a first time offense, but they go way up if you get caught again. I find it hard to believe that Georgia is levying $50K fines though-that's absolutely absurd. Most of the time the attitude of the state is just trying to recoup the taxes and teach you a lesson the first time. In a PSD, if you fill up with red diesel once, you've just evaded $10 worth of road tax, 10 fillups = $100 of road tax, etc... $50K is outrageous-I doubt that is true, though I'm sure the rumor makes people think twice.
Finally, its easy to sit there and complain about fines, the gub'ment and the "revenuers," but as far as I'm concerned, if you're not paying road tax you lose the right to b!tch about potholes, slow moving or non-existent highway improvements, and crappy roads in general. The federal highway fund does work and every cent of that tax goes to road upkeep and construction. Not paying road tax is kind of like not voting. If you're not going to do it fine, just deal with the consequences and don't complain.
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Last edited by Badfish740; 03-30-2007 at 07:59 PM.