Driving on Vegetable Oil is a Felony

This story is so outrageous that you wouldn’t believe it if it wasn’t government-related…

a retired couple in Illinois who simply want to drive their vegetable oil-fueled car, but now face huge fines and possible felony charges for doing so…

…they fuel it up using leftover restaurant cooking oil. However, earlier this year, two officials knocked on their door from the Illinois Department of Revenue, telling the couple that they were violating the law by not paying an additional motor fuel tax…

…in order to pay, they first needed to get approved for a license as a “special fuel supplier” or “receiver.” Except… the process to become approved for such a license requires a $2,500 bond, and the forms are designed for businesses not individuals.  The couple then received a letter saying they needed to stop being a special fuel supplier or receiver until they were licensed to be such — but the details of how you qualify to be either a special fuel receive or supplier showed that they qualified as neither…

…operating as a special fuel supplier or receiver without the necessary license [is] a felony…

Sigh.

  1 comment for “Driving on Vegetable Oil is a Felony

  1. March 8, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    Psst. Wanna buy some used oil?

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