An ABC Guide to On-Road and Off-Road Diesel
What’s the difference between on-road and off-road diesel? And, how do you choose the best for your fleet or upcoming construction project? Find out in today’s informative ABC guide, provided by the fuel experts at your premier fuel distribution company, Ricochet Fuel.
Affordability: Off-Road Diesel is More Affordable Than On-Road
One of the most significant differences between on-road and off-road diesel is off-road diesel isn’t taxed, so it is cheaper than on-road diesel. Plus, in Texas, there are no state or federal excise taxes. Because of that, off-road diesel (often called alternative fuel) can cost about $0.25 less a gallon.
But, before you get excited about these savings, you should know that using off-road diesel in the everyday vehicle you drive on the road and highways is illegal. That’s why the fuel is dyed red. It’s easy for you, and law officials to tell the difference between the two. And since this dye can be detected in minute quantities, even using it a few times when you shouldn’t, can get you into trouble if you’re caught. Depending on the state and the circumstances, fines for improperly using red diesel can start at $1,000 and go to over $10,000.
However, in the case of emergencies, such as hurricanes and other natural disasters, using off-road diesel in your regular vehicle might be your only choice.
Bonded Users: Make Sure You Fill Out the Proper Forms
Off-road diesel, or “dyed diesel”, is most commonly used for generators, heavy construction, or farm equipment. If you have a large fleet of off-road vehicles and equipment like –
- Backhoe Loaders
- Skid-Steer Loaders
- Crawler Loaders
- Motor Graders
Legally, off-road vehicles and equipment like we listed above are referred to as “unlicensed.” And, technically, any unlicensed vehicle you own such as your pickup truck that you only drive off-road can legally use dyed diesel.You can save a truckload of cash over the span of a year by using non-road diesel.
But remember, all off-road diesel users must complete some paperwork to become an authorized user. Ricochet Fuel provides all the forms you’ll need to complete. If you have a large-scale project that requires 10,000 gallons or more, there are some additional required forms to complete to become a Bonded User.
Careful Sourcing is Important To Stay Legal
The biggest thing you need-to-know regarding these two types of fuel is that sourcing matters. It’s important to make sure you’re dealing with a legal and reputable fuel provider. Since off-road is the same substance as on-road diesel, only dyed, the lower price is tempting, for both you and retailers alike. Removing dye from dyed diesel is a criminal offense and not worth it given the hefty fines.
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. We service Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. We specialize in servicing construction, auto dealerships, fleets, and power generation. We would be happy to talk to you about your fuel needs. With over 30 years of experience, we’re prepped to handle your off-road and on-road diesel needs. Contact us today for more information.
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