Officers from South Area Burglary Team, in conjunction with HMRC, conducted a number of checkpoints in Armagh on Thursday, January 30th.
“After we spotted a driver driving past with no seatbelt on, HMRC came and took over, discovering that he was driving with a tank full of green diesel.” a spokesperson for PSNI Armagh explained in a statement on social media.
“Two other vans were found to be running on red diesel, whilst a car was found to be running on a mix of kerosene and green diesel – the drivers all received a hefty fine.
“Yes, fuel is expensive, but it’s not fair that one hardworking person should get away with driving on cheaper fuel than the next hardworking person, who abides by the rules.”
The statement outlined that the HMRC’s priority is to tackle those who “take the chance of driving on rebated fuel when they shouldn’t be”.
PSNI Armagh pointed out that its responsibilities include catching burglars, drug dealers, disqualified drivers and those who drive with no insurance.
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