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  1. #1
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    Default Can diesel duty be policed?

    I fail to see how it can be effectively policed, I have a motorsailer with a 2500l bunker I may use it all in one trip, but I may not use it all in ten years so how can any inspector say when the red diesel hit my tanks. I will continue with gas oil as long as I can whatever the source. Are we going to have fleets of customs and excise roaming moorings dipping tanks or are they going to hit the captives in the marinas like speed cameras nick motorists. I for one go sailing to get away from all this officialdom. Keep Gordon off our boats!
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    Default Re: Can diesel duty be policed?

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    Are we going to have fleets of customs and excise roaming moorings dipping tanks or are they going to hit the captives in the marinas like speed cameras nick motorists.

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    They already dip our lorries so, to start off with, I think it will be an easy one to bring in. Initially a few will be told to take a day off of the roads and go on marina watch instead or accompany coast guards etc
    They can't tax the wind so I keep sailing.
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  3. #3
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    Default Re: Can diesel duty be policed?

    My guess is they will say that you have to drain your tanks, one way or another, by a certain date, and then random checks will be made (as they are on HGV) with some allowance made for red dye remaining in the tank. Easy to police.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Can diesel duty be policed?

    Easiest thing might be for them to change the marker, so that they can tell that the red was added after that date.

    Tony S
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    Default Re: Can diesel duty be policed?

    All adds to the cost of making the change, which might just mean that it costs even more to collect a tax than the tax is worth.

    Churning...
    Two beers please, my friend is paying.

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    Default Re: Can diesel duty be policed?

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    might just mean that it costs even more to collect a tax than the tax is worth.

    Churning...

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    wouldn't that be unusual and suprising if our government cocked up like that? [img]/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Can diesel duty be policed?

    isnt this the reason they invented blue dye ;o)

    Not sure if the cherry will turn blue, or if it will turn purple. You could always say you dyed it to stop people pinching it....

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Can diesel duty be policed?

    Lock your fuel cap, then they can't check it in the marina when you're not there.

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    Default Re: Can diesel duty be policed?

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    They can't tax the wind so I keep sailing

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    Shhh!
    With John Prescott's plan to increase council taxation for houses with nice views, I would keep quiet or he may get another idea., or tell Gordon about it.

    After all, The French tax the wind with their cruising tax.

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    Default Chamnge of marker ...

    Very easy to do actually and would be instantly recognisable............ by simple test.

    Red dye is only a part of the system - the visible element.

    There are various colours that could be adopted along with markers or not - so easy peasy.

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