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Old 08-01-2016, 10:30 PM   #1
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Are highway diesel and off-road diesel different?

saw this in a diesel fuel station. are there really differences between them?

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Old 08-01-2016, 10:33 PM   #2
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Yes there is. Highway diesel is also called ultra-low sulphur
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Old 08-01-2016, 10:37 PM   #3
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And more expensive.
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Same fuel but off road has a dye added to show that it you haven't paid road use tax. Don't get caught using it on the road as fines are high.
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Off road fuel is colored differently and is taxed differently. You have to have an exemption like being a bonified farmer to buy it.
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so it's more about tax, not really too much of difference in the characteristics of the fuel self. i suppose?

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Yes there is. Highway diesel is also called ultra-low sulphur
isn't off-road ultra-low sulfur, too?
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My understanding is exact same fuel. But off road has a red dye in it and less taxes, so less money. If you're driving a highway vehicle and have the red fuel in your tank it's a serious fine. Some station attendants will turn you in if they see you filling up your vehicle. (unless its an off road vehicle, tractor, etc)
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In WA, the fine is $10/gallon, or $1000/tank, whichever is greater.

WA State Licensing (DOL) Official Site: Dyed diesel
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Hwy & off road diesel............SAME

Off road dyed (red) so it can be identified using a dip stick.
No State/Federal taxes are charged
US average fuel tax of 54.23 cents per gallon for diesel.
$1000 fine first offense


Takes several tanks of non-dyed fuel to completely flush dye out if used.
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i didn't fill up the off road fuel. i am in oregon i wouldn't have the chance to put my hands on the dispenser . i had passed the station a few times and curious about it. today i passed there again so i took a pic... interesting to know. thanks.
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It is also used by trucks for the generators for refrigeration units and for heavy equip. like backhoes and dozers.
I wish there was a place around here to get it as I have used 1,000's of gallons of taxed diesel for uses never touching a road.
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My tractor uses diesel, but the one station around me seems to charge almost as much for "off road diesel" as other places charge for on road! Besides the fill area if filthy dirty. I just go to Wal Mart's Murphy Station and fill up the tanks for the tractor as well as my coach.
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Off road fuel is colored differently and is taxed differently. You have to have an exemption like being a bonified farmer to buy it.
You don't have to have an exemption, you just can't put it in an over the road vehicle. My daughter and son in law have a large tank full of off road diesel for their tractors on their ranch. I asked them and they said no one has ever looked in the tank of their on road vehicles to see if they were using off road diesel in it.
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It is also used by trucks for the generators for refrigeration units and for heavy equip. like backhoes and dozers.
I wish there was a place around here to get it as I have used 1,000's of gallons of taxed diesel for uses never touching a road.
That too. Some stations ask you if you want tractor or reefer fuel when you swipe your card.
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