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Old 16 October 2003, 07:18   #1
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Just in case you're ever tempted to put a bit of red diesel in your road vehicle, this little story might put you off.

I called into my local boatyard this morning for some new truck batteries. They have a quayside red diesel pump for boats. A lot of people call in to fill fuel containers saying it's for plant/agricultural vehicles etc.

I was surrounded by four uniformed C & E men who dipped the trucks tank which fortunately was clear. I was the fifth caller to the yard. The previous four had all failed the dip test and had received on the spot 500 fines and their vehicles had been confiscated, one being a 20k+ Range Rover. They were also informed that the vehicle mileages would be recorded and the back tax calculated and charged accordingly.

Ain't life a bitch.

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Old 16 October 2003, 07:24   #2
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Now if you were in Southampton this morning then that wouldn't have happenned.


I AM told that even if you stick a little bit in it stays in the system for a while and the vehicle can still fail. Apparently the dye stiucks to the tank walls.
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It must be tempting if you live near Scrabster - 11p per litre.

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better drain my tank then
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What's the difference between a criminal and a convict?
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The criminal hasn't got caught...yet
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Close. the answer as Keith (csi) Hart will tell you is Evidence!
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whats the difference between criminal and fuel tax?
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Hi folks

I recently opened an account at a local fuel merchant, much cheaper than the marine, at 25p/L.

Had to fill a form in stateing where the fuel was going, name address and what vehicles I will be collecting it in.

Suspect that put me at the top of the stopping list now, which should be a laugh as both vehicles are petrol

Interested on the 11p/L price as I thought I was doing well at 25p/L.

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