What the Colors of Diesel Fuel Mean

Written on: October 2, 2023

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diesel colors Jefferson county, ok If you’re new to dealing with diesel fuels, you may be surprised to know that diesel comes in different colors.

This requirement stems from a mandate by the United States Government, stating that diesel fuel must be available in three variants: clear, red dye, or blue dye. To ensure compliance and make informed decisions when buying diesel, it is crucial to understand the tax and legal implications associated with each type.

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If you run a construction company or any other business that utilizes diesel-powered equipment, we can assist you with that as well. We offer off-road diesel delivery services right to your business, ensuring convenience and efficiency for your operations.

What colors does diesel come in?

Clear diesel: Clear diesel is a high-quality fuel specifically designed for on-road vehicles, such as cars, trucks, SUVs, snowplows, and even marine vehicles. This fuel, easily accessible at gas stations across the U.S., boasts a low sulfur content and complies with legal taxation requirements. It is the mandatory choice for any licensed diesel-powered vehicle intended for on-road use.

Red-dyed diesel:  Most dyed diesel available in the U.S. is red in color, as it is dyed using the chemical additive Solvent Red 26 or 164. Red-dyed diesel is specifically designated for use in off-road vehicles and applications such as farm tractors, heavy construction equipment, and generators. It is important to note that red-dyed diesel contains a higher sulfur content compared to clear diesel. Due to it not intended for being used in transportation or on roads, this fuel is exempt from the federal excise tax.

Blue-dyed diesel: Blue-dyed diesel fuel is essentially the same as red-dyed diesel, with the distinction that it is exclusively designated for usage in vehicles and equipment owned and operated by the U.S. Government.

Why can’t I use dyed diesel in an on-road vehicle?

The federal excise tax does not apply to off-road diesel as it is not intended for transportation purposes. To differentiate off-road diesel from on-road diesel, a red dye is added. The penalties for using off-road diesel in on-road vehicles are substantial, potentially resulting in substantial fines for each violation.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) strictly enforces the usage of dyed diesel fuel. If you use off-road diesel in a vehicle that is intended for on-road use, you could potentially face penalties of up to $1,000 per violation. Additionally, if caught, you may be subject to a tax of $6 per gallon of the dyed diesel fuel used. It is important to note that individual states may also impose their own penalties. For instance, in Oklahoma, the penalty can amount to $10 per gallon or $1,000 per violation.

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