Shropshire police seize vehicle illegally filled with red diesel

By Deborah Hardiman | Shifnal | News | Published:

A pick-up truck has been seized by police in Shropshire after it was found to have red diesel in the fuel tank.

Red diesel

The occupants of the Nissan Navara were arrested after the driver failed to stop, resulting in a short pursuit and followed by a crash in Shifnal.

OPU Shropshire tweeted|: "Whatever else he was doing out and about in the middle of the night, he was cheating us all out of the tax that helps pay for the NHS by using red diesel. Seized for HM Fuels Unit."

Red diesel should be only be used in off-road vehicles and machinery - particularly tractors and other agricultural vehicles - due to tax rules. It is the same as regular diesel, but has a red dye added to prevent it being used on road-going vehicles.

Deborah Hardiman

By Deborah Hardiman

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based out of the head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.

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