• Aug 9, 2008

Thinking with their wallets, and avoiding $4.59/gallon fuel prices, truck owners in the States have been sneaking across the Mexican border to fill up with low-cost diesel (in Mexico, the fuel averages just $2.20/gallon). While filling a primary fuel tank isn't illegal, Mexico prohibits additional fuel tanks (aka auxiliary tanks) to be filled and moved across the border, so many truck owners with long-range tanks are finding themselves breaking Mexican federal law. Truck owners are getting stopped on the Mexican side of the border and their trucks are confiscated while authorities run tests to determine the origin of the fuel. If found in violation, owners face stiff fines. The Mexican Consulate is offering a blanket warning for all truck owners equipped with secondary fuel tanks to not drive those vehicles into Mexico. Not only do those owners risk truck confiscation, but the Mexican fuel is not formulated to U.S. ultra-low-sulfur regulations meaning emissions components will likely be damaged. (As if the trucks breaking the law are fitted with emission components in the first place...)

[Source: PickupTrucks.com]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Funny story...the INS came for a visit to our company after we submitted a list of SSN's for worker verification, and of a shift of 50 people, they told us about 20 of them were illegal.

      The supervisor said "ok, take them away, I don't want to deal with them." Their response was "no, just let them know that you know they're illegal."

      The U.S. has very little motivation to deport the illegals. They do the things that most lazy Americans stereotype as Hispanic-only work, and their low wages keep prices on goods lower than if they had to pay a citizen to do the same work (because they'd demand higher wages).
      • 6 Years Ago
      So if all the illegal pay their taxes you guys will close one eyes and let them stay here? Sound reasonable everyone gotta contribute even if you are not born here and help out each other ah the utopia that everyone dream of.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Quiero pagar la violación ahora. ¿Cuánto dinero es necesario?
      • 6 Years Ago
      It not worth it if you live quite a distance from Mexico.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well Said Caddy Dave that was exactly my point too, your normal everyday guy has no clue how this affects the honest small businessman on a daily basis.

      If we hired all illegals what jobs would the Legals do in this country? where would they work? Some of you people cant see no further your nose, Everything changes slowly over time, one of these days your kids and grandkids will be looking for a job, their competition for that job will be kids of illegals.

      I had no Idea Mexicans were starving in Mexico, they should put that on the News.

      I wonder what would happen to me if I went to another Country as an Illegal, Chances are I would get locked up or shipped back here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why don't U.S. tractor trailers actually DO have emission controlling systems? I see trucks every day on the road, sprewing clouds of black diesel smoke?

      Why do I have to wait to buy a 50 state legal, AdBlue injected diesel Mercedes when a trucker can roll around in a filthy pig on wheels?
      • 6 Years Ago
      This makes perfect sense, let alone the fact that Mexican diesel will wreck your engine lets create an example. Say 10 years in the future there was a commodity the US happened (ie tooK from...) to have that was much cheaper than anywhere else. You had thousands of people coming into the us so they can get it then leave, you don't think the US would do something to prevent this? You're delusional if you do, and even more delusional if you don't think this will happen. Mexico has no oil, ten years from now who will, the us, maybe russia and canada, then who will be the country being inundated with people trying to get it?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Canada already has and is importing plenty of oil to the United States.
      • 6 Years Ago
      We have been crossing the border for years with our Ford diesel truck and an auxiliary tank from American Tank, www.auxtank.com. Officials on both sides of the border take a closer look every time. We make it through because the auxiliary fuel tank is plumbed into the factory fuel lines, clearly meets DOT specs., and reads on the factory installed fuel gauge. My buddy who has a tank from RDS had his truck taken last week. It cost him a lot of money in fines before he could get his truck back. We went through the week before with no problems.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I see a few problems with this story.

      first, the headline looks worthy of the Enquirer or New York Post. totally inaccurate, trucks confiscated? not really.

      Mexican authorities are only checking the origin of the diesel. they do the same thing here in the US in agricultural areas, to make sure farmers aren't using untaxed diesel in their pickups. the taxed diesel is tinted red; the untaxed diesel (for farm equipment) is not.

      when a vehicle is confiscated, you are most likely not getting it back, like in a drug seizure.

      who was "sneaking" across the border?? I'm sure every one of these folks went thru a border crossing, and waited in line for hours coming back. no sneaking there.

      AZMike
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not worth it. Factor in time spent going to and from, lower fuel grades (85 octane, anyone?), and that most of the pumps are rigged and/or the fuel diluted ... well, let these folks learn the hard lesson.

      http://articles.latimes.com/2006/jun/13/business/fi-stickup13

      I just hope when their vehicles need their fuel systems repaired, they'll have it done stateside. Keep Americans employed, y'know.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The altitude of Salt Lake City is?
        roughly 4300 feet
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hey I filled up an Avis rental car with 85 octane a few weeks back. In Salt Lake City. At a Chevron. For $4.15/gal. Our cars must run just fine on 85 octane.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Have you actually read any relevant economic analysis of immigrants in the US? I don't think so, America is largely benefited with m... *sigh*
      • 6 Years Ago
      Illegal is Illegal, all these Companies and Corporations know its against the law but they still employee them, and we know why, so they can save lots of money, what laws can they abuse next? if we have laws we should live by them, and these companies should be fined heavily.

      Employing cheap illegal help borders on slavery in my eyes, But it benefits these large companies (farms) and gives us cheaper food, so does that make it right? Certainly Not.

      When the Govt allows illegal's to come here and work it promotes the problem, almost turning a blind eye and giving them the OK.

      People speak of lazy Americans not wanting to work for a such low wages especially in the farm and food industry, Believe me Every Country has jobs like this, they don't rely on illegal help.

      These Illegal's don't just do farm work (Cheap Food) they are hired by others companies, they make competition unfair for a company that obeys the laws of this country.

      I should stress that I don't dislike Mexican people/workers far from it, they are hard working people and I like them a lot, but if they would come here legally they would get a much better deal long term by being Legal.

      I suggest we have illegal Doctors, Hospitals, Lawyers, Insurance Agents, Real Estate Agents, Pharmacists, Gas Stations and Mechanics then I could save some real cash, If I hired an Illegal I'm sure Id be fined or disciplined in some way.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Would you rather hire an illegal or let him starve to death?

        Illegals don't risk the border crossing just for fun. They do it to get away from Mexico, where the only jobs are in drug cartels (okay, maybe not that bad, but nevertheless far worse than here).
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