A Rise in Fuel Theft Claims

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Dumper Hire WatfordA spike in fuel theft claims is one of the unwanted results of the ban on red diesel and rising costs. Fuel prices have been skyrocketing of late, not helped by the imposed restrictions on the use of red diesel. Rebated red diesel, along with some other fuels, was restricted on 1st April 2022 in order to reduce carbon emissions further. It can still be used in some circumstances, but businesses such as construction companies in places like Watford, which do not qualify will be left with hefty fuel bills. Their existing equipment will need to be emptied and flushed, so as not to taint the white diesel with red dye.

Red diesel is simply ordinary white diesel with dye added to identify it, and has been used by a variety of off-road vehicles. Before the changes, those using red diesel paid only 11.14p per litre, as opposed to 57.95p for regular white diesel. Director of UK Environmental Adjusting, Graham Hawkins, stated that many businesses would now need to take additional steps to protect themselves from the price rises. He said: “To comply with new red diesel regulations, owners and operators might find that their oil storage tanks need to be improved, which could influence fraudulent activity around existing ‘damage’.

“Any tank losses in the coming months should be investigated further to consider the age and condition of the equipment and challenge the legitimacy of the claim where appropriate.

“Parts of South Wales have seen an increase in domestic heating oil thefts in recent weeks. These claims might also be liable to exaggeration, where the theft is reported to be from a full or nearly full tank, for example. Proof of purchase and usage will require further scrutiny.

“And as many individuals and companies begin to struggle financially, claimants might be tempted to pursue false claims as a result of increasing media exposure around oil thefts.”



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