Bob spent $1,200 to convert his car from diesel to bio-diesel. Then he started buying soybean oil, at 30% over the cost of diesel, to fuel his car. Now the state of North Carolina is fining him $1,000 for failing to post a $2,500 bond that the law requires for using vegetable oil as a fuel.
The problem, of course, is that he’s not paying state taxes.
“With the high cost of fuel right now, the department does recognize
that a lot of people are looking for relief,” said Reggie Little,
assistant director of the motor fuel taxes division. “We’re not here to hurt the small guy, we’re just trying to make sure that the playing field is level.”
Well, that might be a fine argument if he was actually saving any money, but he’s not. So Reggie’s idea of “leveling the playing field” is to fine a person for using a fuel that’s already more expensive? Maybe Reggie should do a little fact finding before opening his mouth in front of a reporter next time.