Red-dye diesel sweep scheduled in Tennessee

| 4/27/2004

Tennessee officials plan to conduct a series of roadside checks on diesel vehicles April 28 to make sure that no untaxed dyed diesel fuel is being used in vehicles operated on the public highways, the state’s Department of Revenue announced recently.

The checks will occur during daylight hours in Davidson County, which includes the state capital, Nashville.

Under Tennessee law, it is illegal to use dyed diesel fuel in a licensed motor vehicle or in any vehicle used on the public highways. Penalties for the first violation can be $1,000 or $10 per gallon of dyed diesel fuel involved.

Revenue Commissioner Loren L. Chumley said the red-dyed fuel, used for off-road, untaxed applications, runs 43 cents a gallon cheaper than regular diesel.