On-Road Diesel vs. Off-Road Diesel

Written on: September 24, 2021

What’s the difference?

diesel services oklahomaDiesel fuels, both on-road and off-road, are used by so many kinds of businesses here in Oklahoma. Those businesses include:

Off-road diesel is also used for commercial generators at hospitals, nursing homes, health care facilities, schools, universities, grocery stores, and more.

Pitmon provides reliable delivery of both kinds of fuel. We offer customized bulk delivery, fleet fueling, and tank storage services.

On-road diesel

On-road, or clear, diesel is a type of road fuel that may be found at gas stations throughout the United States. This sort of gasoline is designed for use by cars, trucks, SUV s, and other on-road vehicles, as well as maritime vessels. This is the fuel that most people associate with diesel. On-road diesel has low sulfur levels thanks to regulations to reduce emissions. This is the only diesel fuel that may be used in all vehicles with diesel engines that are licensed by the state for on-road usage.

Off-road diesel

Off-road, or dyed, diesel sold in the U.S. is colored red (with the chemical additive Solvent Red 26 or 164). Red diesel is only allowed for off-road vehicles, such as farm tractors, heavy construction equipment, and generators, where higher sulfur fuel use is permitted by law.

Why using the right diesel is essential

Because on-road diesel is used in cars that are driven on roads, it is subject to the excise tax. Off-road diesel does not incur an excise tax, making it more cost-effective for companies, institutions, and municipalities.

Fuel distributors cannot transport off-road diesel with the goal of supplying on-road vehicles, and fuel stations that provide off-road diesel cannot sell it to for on-road use.

Off-road diesel is colored red so that it doesn’t get mixed up with on-road diesel. The color of the dye also allows testers to determine what sort of diesel is being used. Fines for using off-road diesel in on-road vehicles may be quite costly. Jail time is a distinct possibility. For each occurrence, the IRS has penalties of $10 per gallon, or a flat $1,000, whichever is greater. You may also be subject to fines by the State of Oklahoma.

Pitmon is southern and central Oklahoma’s leader in commercial fuel services. Contact us to learn what we can do for your business!