An ABC Guide to On-Road and Off-Road Diesel

on-road and off-road diesel bulk fuel supplierOn-road and off-road diesel: What separates on-road diesel from its off-road counterpart, and how do you choose the best for your fleet or upcoming project? Find out in today’s ABC guide, provided by the fuel experts at your premier fuel distribution company, Ricochet Fuel.


Off-road diesel is not taxed, so it is cheaper than on-road diesel, typically coming in at about $0.25 less a gallon. Using off-road diesel in your on-road everyday vehicle is illegal. In fact, the substance is dyed red so that it’s easy for you—and law officials—to tell the difference between the two. Depending on the state and the circumstances, fines for improperly using off-road diesel usually begin at $1000 to upwards or over $10,000.

Bonded Users

Off-road diesel, or “dyed diesel” is most commonly used for generators or heavy construction or farm equipment. The law refers to these items as “unlicensed.” Technically, any unlicensed vehicle you own, such as your pickup truck, can safely use dyed diesel.

All off-road diesel users must complete some basic paperwork, which Ricochet Fuel provides. If you have a largescale project that requires 10,000 gallons or more, some extra paperwork is required so that you are legally titled a Bonded User.

Careful sourcing

The biggest need-to-know regarding the two types of fuel is that sourcing matters. As off-road is the same substance as on-road diesel, just dyed, the cheaper price is enticing, for you and retailers alike. Removing dye from dyed diesel is a criminal offense.

Ensure you’re getting the highest-quality fuel for your fleet or your next project by shopping at a source you trust. Ricochet Fuel is your premier fuel distribution company located in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. With over 30 years of experience in a variety of industries, we’re prepped to handle your off-road and on-road diesel needs. Contact us today for more information.

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