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Belgium: UK boater fined for red diesel

By Noah D. last modified Jul 04, 2017 05:46 PM
A U.K. yachtsman was fined for having remnants of red diesel in the fuel tanks of his privately owned vessel.

Published: 2017-07-01 08:00:00
Countries: Belgium , United Kingdom

As reported by Practical Boat Owner Magazine.

Whilst checking into the country, Belgian customs found traces of red diesel in a yacht's  fuel tank from a previous fuel stop in the U.K. and fined the owner €500.

It is still legal to use red dyed diesel fuel in U.K. to propell pleasure craft, but some European authorities have begun stepping up enforcement of the non-taxed diesel.

Read the entire report here.

An RYA spokesperson responded to the incident: "At present we do not know whether this fine was an isolated incident or if it is a signal that the Belgian authorities are taking a tougher approach towards UK flagged boats. In order to establish a fuller picture of the situation, we would urge anyone who is fined in Belgium for having red diesel in their tanks to email boating.abroad@rya.org.uk giving as much detail as possible."

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