HVB-Diesel: Prohibited Mixtures

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If theoretically it is possible to mix the vegetable oil with diesel to run a diesel engine, it is illegal in France. Offenders are liable to a heavy fine, in addition to paying the TIPP on the content of their tank!

Fuel prices not stopping to surge, many motorists are seeking alternatives to reduce their bills. Lately, mix vegetable oils, mainly rapeseed oil or cooking oil with diesel appeared as the solution to many owners of diesel vehicles. But beware, if the use of this type of mixture is possible without too much risk to the mechanical level (see box), it does not hold true with regard to the French customs legislation.

Indeed, this type of cocktail "petro-plant" is completely illegal, because all fuel sold in France, whatever their origin, are subject to the excise tax on petroleum products (TIPP). Apart from a strong smell of frying tailpipe, it is difficult to know for yourself what if a car uses a diesel mixture / vegetable oil, unlike cars that run on domestic fuel betrayed by reddish marks around the tank cap . However, no offender is safe because it can be controlled at any time and anywhere in the territory by customs broker services. Indeed, it is for the Directorate-General of Customs and Indirect Taxes (DGDDI) to collect the TIPP and thus suppress any fraud. "The motorist surprised is liable to a fine of up to twice the amount of duties and taxes evaded for violating regulations on petroleum products and it will also set the TIPP applicable to diesel," says the DGDDI. The damage is then evaluated by customs based on the estimated amount of the mixture in the tank.


Econology note: according to this, the current "pseudo crisis" on fuels would have had a rather harmful effect on HVB. It has, in fact, made our leaders aware that the movement of HVB users was probably more important than they thought. They have therefore failed to implement a repressive or preventive policy (for potential future consumers) and especially high-profile. You said: "France country of human rights"?


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