BBC Lunchtime news announce that Customs and Exciseare clamping down....again !
Over 50 illegal factorys were closed down over the last year where red diesel was being changed to clear.
Road side inspections in one way streets are about to launched throughout the UK ....
Found this article too, just goes to show you cant trust what comes out of the garage pump either
Trading standards staff from Derbyshire County Council have joined forces with Customs and Excise to stamp out the sale of illegal diesel.
Customs officers seized illegal diesel worth £18,000 from a Derbyshire garage following a joint operation with Derbyshire County Council trading standards to tackle the trade which is believed to be widespread.
It is illegal to use red diesel - usually used in farm machinery - in road vehicles as it is a form of tax evasion. In order to evade detection, criminals are taking the red dye markers out of the diesel and selling it on to garages.
By-products from the process are a threat to the environment say trading standards bosses who confirmed that plastic drums containing contaminated waste from the fuel have been found dumped in the Derbyshire countryside.
The chemical waste can threaten the water table and children playing with discarded chemical containers could be harmed. Engines can also be damaged by the illegal diesel.
The recent haul of illegal fuel was seized from a garage in Derbyshire after a driver reported to trading standards that his vehicle was damaged by suspect fuel.
An engineer who examined the car found fuel components of the car were damaged and corroded and that fuel contaminated with chemicals was to blame.
As the driver always used the same garage to fill up, trading standards were able to take a sample of fuel form the garage which, when tested by Customs and Excise, was found to be laundered.
Laundered diesel starts its life as red diesel - a cheaper fuel designed for use in farm machinery and other non-road vehicles. It is coloured with a red dye and sold at a cheaper price as there is a much lower fuel duty on it.
Organised criminals are laundering the diesel by adding acid or alkali to it to remove the colour and then selling it on to garages. However, enough of the dye marker is left in the fuel which can be detected in tests.
Councillor Walter Burrows, the county council's cabinet member for public protection and transport, said: "This illegal activity is cheating the tax man and the motorist as well as being a serious environmental threat.
"Trading standards officers are working hard to clamp down on this damaging trade and we are warning other rogue traders that we are committed stamping it out.
"Traders who buy laundered diesel put honest filling stations out of business, give firms an unfair advantage over competitors and can put vehicles at risk of serious engine damage.
"We will continue to work with Customs and Excise to prevent consumers from being defrauded in this way."
Customs spokesman Phil Rogers said: "This case shows the benefit of multi-agency working as we tackle crime that takes money away from public services.
"Using our fleet of oils testing trailers and road fuel testing vehicles, Customs aims to make local businesses and the public aware of the consequences of using illegal fuel."