Using the right kind of fuel for vehicles and equipment is important from a performance and longevity point of view, and filling tanks with the wrong type of fuel can do some serious damage to your engine. This could lead to subpar performance and maintenance problems. However, there are a few instances when using the proper fuel is a matter of law. Dyed diesel, which is known as “off-road diesel” or “red diesel,” is a kind of fuel that has been tinted in red color to indicate that it is exempt from any road fuel tax. Getting caught driving on public roads and freeways with dyed diesel in your tank can result in fines and other penalties, making unauthorized uses of this tax-exempt fuel a pricey proposition. In today’s blog, we will discuss who is able to use dyed diesel and when they can.
Construction Workers and Farmers Usually Use Dyed Diesel
The industries of agriculture and construction are some popular spots for dyed diesel. Heavy machines like tractors, combines, and cranes usually don’t travel on public roads. As long as they aren’t being used on public roads, it is totally tine to fill them with road-tax-exempt red diesel fuel. For example, farmers can use dyed diesel in their harvester but not in their own pickup trucks.
Heating Systems and Generators Using Dyed Diesel
While the distinctions between off-road and on-roading use can be complicated for vehicles and equipment with wheels, a few situations are a lot more clear. Heating systems, generators, and big air compressors do not ever touch roads, and using dyed diesel in them is okay.
Can On-Road Vehicles Use Dyed Diesel?
Rules for acceptable use are a bit strict for dyed diesel, but there are some scenarios where on-road use is okay. Drivers can use this fuel on public roads if one of two conditions are met. If the government has declared a state of emergency or if fuel supply lines have been interrupted by a major event.
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