Red Diesel is NOT Street Diesel

Submitted by the Arizona Department of Transportation

What you need to know about Red-Dyed Diesel Fuel use in Arizona

Select industries in Arizona are allowed to use a special diesel fuel in vehicles and equipment according to federal and state law requirements. This fuel, called “red-dyed diesel” because it has a special red dye added to visually identify it from standard diesel, is exempt from motor fuel taxes.


Red-Dyed Diesel Fuel Has a Specific Legal Use
Per Arizona law, red-dyed diesel fuel may be legally used only in vehicles and equipment that is not driven on public streets or highways. Red-dyed diesel fuel is not taxed because the vehicles that legally use it are not putting wear and tear on public roadways.

Money collected from motor fuel taxes is critical to Arizona’s economy. Those funds are used to build and maintain the state’s safe and reliable transportation system.

That’s why the Arizona Department of Transportation is engaged in a public outreach program to educate Arizona’s transportation system users about how to comply with the regulations regarding the proper use of red-dyed diesel fuel.


There is a Problem
ADOT is driving this customer service effort because there is a problem statewide concerning the use of diesel fuel. Red-dyed diesel fuel is being illegally used in vehicles and equipment which should be using standard diesel fuel while traveling on public streets and highways. Violations of the red-dyed diesel regulations result in Arizona losing millions of dollars in revenue that is needed to pay for roadway maintenance and improvements.


Law Enforcement and Penalties
ADOT’s Enforcement and Compliance Division, along with other state and federal agencies, is responsible for the enforcement of federal and state laws governing the use of dyed diesel fuels. ADOT officers can inspect vehicles and business operations to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations governing diesel fuel.

There are significant penalties for the illegal use of red-dyed diesel fuel. Per state law, the first offense has a minimum penalty of $1,000 or $10 per gallon of red-dyed diesel fuel involved, whichever is more. For multiple offenses, the first offense penalties are multiplied by the number of occurrences. There can be criminal charges and civil penalties as well.


What Can You Do?
Everyone should play by the same rules and pay their fair share. Public awareness, education and involvement are essential in eliminating fuel tax evasion. Either of the following methods can be used to report suspected violations of Arizona’s fuel tax laws:

Fuel tax evasion tip line: 877-293-8357


Online reporting of any fuel tax violations:


ADOT ePRO Permitting & Routing System released

THE ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HAS IMPLEMENTED A NEW PERMITTING SYSTEM: ADOT ePRO. You may submit over-dimensional permit applications online by visiting the ADOT ePRO website.


You can visit Motor Carrier Services or Class C Permits for information about over-dimensional permits. You may also contact ADOT by calling the Port of Entry or Commercial Permits Office nearest to you.


Informational materials to help you navigate through ADOT ePRO are available on the ADOT ePRO website. You may also using the training video's listed below.


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ATA is signing up participants for its 2015"Call on Washington" April 28-May 1.


With the many challenges facing us in Congress, there is no better time to visit our nation's capital, participate in arranged visits with Arizona's Congressional delegation and members of the Administration, and express your views on the issues that affect your business. The schedule also allows time to enjoy the sights on your own or with other members. Click here for additional information. Click here to register or contact Rhonda Merkel at 602.850.6001 or email


New Enrollment Requirements for TWIC Applicants

Heavy Duty Trucking, January 26
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration has announced some changes to the Transportation Worker Identification Credential card program, used by truckers and other transportation workers to access the nation’s maritime ports. Starting on July 1, applicants who were born in the United States, and who claim U.S. citizenship, must provide certain documents to prove their citizenship. They are listed on the TWIC website. Click here for the complete story.



December 18, 2014


On December 16, 2014, President Obama signed the FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill.  Upon signature, two provisions of the 34-hour restart rule were suspended.  So what does this mean?  EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:

1. Drivers utilizing the 34-hour restart do NOT have to include two consecutive periods off-duty between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.  As long as a driver is off for 34 consecutive hours, regardless of the time of day, the driver can reset the weekly clock.

2. Drivers may take the 34-hour restart multiple times per week.  They are no longer restricted to taking the restart only once every 168 hours (or seven days).
Please note that this is a temporary suspension that will be in place through September 30, 2015 while FMCSA conducts a formal study.  All other provisions of the hours of service rules remain the same.

On December 17,  FMCSA posted notice on their website advising the public that the restart restrictions have been officially suspended.  Earlier in the day, the agency issued a memo to enforcement personnel to alert them to the suspension and advising them of the new enforcement policy.  Specifically, the memo to enforcement says that, effective 12/16, violations of the 60/70 hour rule based on a driver’s failure to comply with the restart restrictions  may not be cited during any enforcement action including inspections, safety audits or investigations. The prohibition applies to all such actions conducted by FMCSA personnel and state enforcement personnel utilizing MCSAP funding.


Also, the memo to enforcement says that “Any request received through the DataQs system to remove a violation of 49 CFR 395.3 (b) (restart restrictions) that occurred on or after the effective date of this policy (December 16th) should be immediately accepted and the violation removed if the violation was not determined in accordance with this policy.”    


We would encourage you to consider providing a copy of the notice to your drivers in the event that they encounter enforcement personnel who are not aware of FMCSA’s new restart enforcement policy.


Click here to read some frequently asked questions regarding the impact of this action. 




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