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I was travelling out of Cheltenham today heading to the M5 North, when I saw a load of police in a layby with blue sergical type gloves on and police at the side of the road stopping and pulling cars and vans into the layby??!! Then the police with the blue gloves seemed to be syphoning fuel out of the stopped vehicles?? :eek:

What was going on? :rolleyes:

Red diesel checks??
Moonshine type fuel checks??
Hard up coppers??

Anyone around Cheltenham see this? :confused:
 

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It's a Diesel check. Like any rural area, a lot of people around Cheltenham (farmland etc) will have Red Diesel (Tax free) to run their farm machinery, like tractors and diggers etc. Obviously with the current fuel climate the temptation to put some of that in the family car, rather than pay 90p a litre, is quite high.
 

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For those of us across the pond, what is a "layby" Is that similar to our "pull-out area"?
What's with the tax free red diesel? how to prevent unauthorized people from purchasing them if they're not farmers, etc.?
 

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A Layby is like a small parking area at the side of the road. Mostly used by truckers as rest stops, but on the main roads they sometimes have emergency phones and toilets.

Red diesel is tax free because it's for commercial use only. It has to be bought from special suppliers, it's not readily available from filling stations. Farms and building sites use it to run their diggers and tractors etc. but sometimes they'll fill their Land Rovers and Diesel cars with it, which is illegal as this is not commercial use. So to detect the difference between normal diesel and commercial use diesel they add a red dye to the commercial stuff. Then in rural areas they will do dip tests at the side of the road just to make sure no one is cheating :D:D
 
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