Clear vs. dyed diesel fuel?

There was a time when all diesel fuel sold in the U.S. was dye-free.

But times have changed.

The U.S. government now requires diesel gas to be sold in one of three ways: clear, and colored with red or blue dye. If you are new to buying diesel, it is critical to understand the tax and legal differences among these three varieties of fuel.

Here is the low-down:

Regulations on dyed diesel

Because dyed diesel is not taxed, federal and state laws strictly regulate its use; penalties for improper use of dyed fuel range from stiff financial penalties to significant jail time. Distributors cannot knowingly transport dyed fuel with the intent to supply on-road vehicles, and fuel retail locations that carry dyed diesel cannot knowingly sell the gas for use in an on-road vehicle.

If you are a retail diesel customer, you cannot knowingly use dyed diesel in an on-road vehicle; if dye is found in an on-road vehicle, the penalties can be extremely high. Be smart!

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