118 drivers have been caught using green diesel by Garda in the first half of this year.
According to figures from Revenue 16 farmers were found guilty of misusing green diesel and fined nearly €46,000. Its law and order right? Well fines for the use of green diesel are in the region of €2500 for those caught using the fuel in the wrong vehicle. The state does not like to be defrauded out of potential revenue it seems.
Lets just roll back here for a second in my own county there’s currently an epidemic of rural crime. People’s houses are broken into, their farm machinery stolen, houses burned down. The thieves if they are caught are often released once again, remanded on bail and there back out robbing and stealing again. Don’t believe me? Just take a look through the court notes in your local paper.
Have the guards and customs nothing better to be doing that trying to catch out rural people for using a small amount of green diesel in their car or work vehicle?
Lets take it front another angle too your farm jeep. If your like myself you use it everyday, whether moving cattle, picking up farm supplies or out in the field. It’s an agricultural work vehicle just like your tractor but are we allowed to run them on green diesel? Not a hope in hell. Why is that? Why because the Government can make more money out of us with white diesel.
Think of all the low life scum that haunt our rural communities and towns, how even when they are finally caught by the law they often don’t get hit with fines because they wouldn’t be able to pay them anyway.
Instead it’s the quiet normal farmer and rural dweller that gets hit with huge fines for vehicles that are just as integral an agiruclutre work vehicle as our tractors.
Ive read of one farmer hit with a €9000 euro fine. €9000 euro where did that money go? Probably to help pay the dole for these thieves and scum who break into our houses and yards. Just think about that for a second and then ask yourself is the law out of line on this one?
Green Diesel carries duty at a rate of €47.36 per 1,000 litres compared to road diesel which is much higher.
The current laws only allow the use of Green diesel in tractors, drills & various road working equiment. I think the 1999 Finance Act needs to be updated to cater for farm vehicles including farm jeeps and an end put this unfair system.