I happened to read this short news story on Popular Mechanic's website:
"As if there weren't enough mixed messages from the auto industry and false promises about a hybrid future (click here for complete coverage), it turns out drivers can get a run-in with the law for running their cars on biofuel. North Carolina resident Bob Teixeira found that out the hard way after he converted his 1981 diesel Mercedes to run on vegetable oil and ended up facing hefty fines. Although Teixeira paid more for his fuel of choice in order to avoid dependence on imported oil (click here for our number crunch on alt-fuels), what he wasnít paying was the highway fuel tax of 30 cents per gallon, which nets the state $1.2 billion annually to pay for highway expenses. Now Teixera owes $1000 to the state, expects a $1000 fine from the federal government and has been told he will have to pay a $2500 bond if he wants to continue using grease for gas. óNick Mokey"
What a crock! How did they even find out he wasn't buying fuel from the pump? Were they spying on him?! Anyway, since when can a state force you to pay a bond for finding and making your own fuel, for your own consumption? Ridiculous...
Last edited by 62_Galaxie_500; 06-14-2007 at 11:05 AM.
Well, if he was refining it himself, there's some bulky equipment and tanks involved. His neighbor might have ratted him out.
To refine it you need significant amounts of some chemicals. The authorities would only have to check the sales records to see who's buying the supplies.
Then there's the smell of the exhaust as the car is driven. I hear it smells like whatever food was fried in the oil.
Some fuel oil has a dye in it to signify whether or not road tax has been paid.
They could have asked local resturaunts what was happening to their waste oil. ETC.
The story mentioned grease, so he's probably running it on unrefined cooking oil. Does NC have emissions testing? I would think that would be the only time a state employee would be near his car to smell it, and cops usually don't care about such things. I would also think the state would have better things to do than ask every restaurant in the area who they give their used oil to. Very odd.