Fueling trucks and reefers

Aged Semi Truck Driver About to Refuel His Tractor Truck Holding Diesel Pump Nozzle in His Hand. Heavy Duty Transportation and Fuel Shortage Concept.

Fueling is one chore we are regularly required to perform, but it’s also one that we seldom, if ever really think much about. Open the tank, activate the pump, put the nozzle in the tank and squeeze. When the tank is full, the nozzle shuts off so you turn the pump off and hang the nozzle back up. Sounds pretty simple, right?  Well, yes and no. For one thing, once the fuel is pumping into the tank, you are required by law to be in attendance at the nozzle, which is why in Canada, you can only fuel one tank at a time. It is also illegal to be using a cell phone while operating the fuel pumps. Even if you’re using a wireless headset, use of the cell phone is prohibited. Climbing in and out of the truck is also prohibited, as you can build a small static charge, and when you reach for the fuel nozzle, that static charge can jump from your hand to the tank and start a fire.

If you need to add fuel to a reefer or heater, shut the pump off before positioning the trailer and restarting the pump. Fuel used in the reefer or heater unit is exempt from highway use tax, whereas truck fuel isn’t. By restarting the pump with the correct unit number, your accountant can separate truck from reefer fuel and apply for the appropriate tax credits. Some places offer “dyed” or “coloured” diesel for use in reefers and heaters. Do not, under any circumstances use coloured or dyed diesel in your truck. This fuel is tax exempted at the pumps, but if you’re caught with it in your truck’s fuel tanks, you could easily be charged with tax evasion.