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Re: All US Diesel for boats is red?
The issue as stated, is it takes MANY tanks of fuel to remove the red dye. Hence how in some area's of the states, people will think they can save 30-40 cents per gallon putting home fuel oil in a vehicle, or off road fuel, and the dye stays there for quite some time. Both in the tank, filter, exhaust etc. Fine here is something like $1000 per gal of tank you have, similar to the European law stated in the article. If caught a 2nd or 3 rd time the amount goes up to something in the $10-20K per gal range. Not worth it for a car, truck etc that drives on the roads.
For my bobcat, trackhoe etc. It can to a degree be worth it. But for where I live, the only real easy place to fill with non rad taxed diesel is the marina. And it frankly is about on par or slightly more than the stations up the road. So with a 7 gal tank in my boat, sometimes it is easier to fill a 5 gal jug when filling my pickup or dumptruck and take to the boat. If away from my marina, then I use that marina's fuel, and it will be red.
I also noticed in the article, that the two boats in question filled here in the states! Fines reduced etc, BUT, it took quite the record keeping to keep the fines down, reduced etc. Not sure some of us with 20-30 gal tanks would keep that level of record keeping, including a sample of the fuel etc. I know I do not. Then again, I do not have the same issue here vs over their!
If anyone went to the link I have, you can see the comments between folks of different countries. Plain "joe's" if you will like us here, and not liking what is going on at the government level! sounds like any country, state, county, city, HOA equal thru out the world eh!
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