Illegal Fuel Sales in the UK in 2012

HM Revenue and Customs in the United Kingdom discovered 388 occasions where criminals were selling illegal fuel to motorists. The number of incidents discovered during the 2012-2013 time period was 48 percent higher than the 262 detections in 2009-2010. Norther Ireland had 128 detections of illegal fuel sites, with 260 sites being in the rest of the UK.

Previously, HMRC estimated that anywhere from $227 Million to $1 Billion (£150 Million to £700 Million) is lost in fuel tax revenue from illegal fuel smuggling and sales.

Reporters from the BBC were offered a liter of “cheap diesel” for $1.75 (£1.15), approximately 25 percent cheaper than the legitimate retail price. When the fuel was later tested, it was found to be contaminated and substandard.

Source:  Angus Crawford, “Illegal fuel: 48% rise in ‘pop-up garages’,” BBC News, May 31, 2013.