Illegal filling station shut down in Newbridge
12:20pm Monday 9th September 2013 in News
AN ILLEGAL filling station was dismantled and 17 vehicles and contaminated fuel were seized in near Newbridge last month.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) road fuel testing officers removed 4,750 litres of a red diesel and kerosene mix, storage tanks, pipe work and other equipment from the makeshift “huckster site”.
A dispenser, meter, and 198 empty 25-litre drums were seized during the operation.
A man has been questioned and investigations are continuing.
Officers seized the 17 vehicles, which contained kerosene, on Saturday, August 31. They were restored after payment of a penalty, plus excise duty.
Kerosene attracts a lower rate of duty, and is often added to diesel in a process known as “stretching”.
Stuart Fenton, from HMRC’s South West and Wales Road Fuel Testing Unit, said: “Cheap diesel might seem like a bargain, but stretched fuel is not.
“Kerosene is not designed as a fuel for the modern car engine. It makes diesel more combustible, and prolonged use would undoubtedly damage the engine of any vehicle."
Red diesel is marked gas oil or a rebated fuel for use in agricultural and other off-road machinery and not for use in road vehicles.
White diesel is only allowed to be used in private vehicles. “Stretching” involves the additional of another fuel, such as kerosene, which attracts a lower rate of duty than regular white diesel.
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