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.