VegetableoilDuring a time when fossil fuels are known to increase greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and alternative fuels are a hot topic, it seems as though the government would be praising the efforts of a 79 year old Illinois man who drives a 1986 Volkswagen Golf which he converted to run on vegetable oil and diesel. No praises for him though, instead he has been threatened with felony charges and asked to pay a $2,500 bond.

David Wetzel, a retired research chemist and food plant manager has been using vegetable oil and diesel to fuel his car which he says gets around 46 miles per gallon. Besides using an alternative fuel source, he’s being extremely resourceful, using only recycled vegetable oil that comes from a local dining facility who uses the oil for frying foods.

What’s the problem? Well, when the Illinois Department of Revenue came knocking on his door back in January, he was informed that they were there because of the car and that he was required to have a license to use the vegetable oil. Additionally, he’s obligated to pay motor fuel tax. The license would give him permission to be a “special fuel supplier and receiver” and without it, if he continued to use his “veggie mobile,” he would face Class 3 felony charges which means he could spend up to five years in prison.

Currently Wetzel is fighting the demands that he quit using his car, and he’s also gotten the support of state legislators who are backing him. Wetzel, when speaking to the Herald & Review Newspaper said, “You hear the president saying we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, you hear the governor saying that.” Well so much for reducing dependence on foreign oil!

I could see if the man was selling the vegetable oil to others to use as fuel, but for personal use? I don’t see any harm in this situation. And the fact that he’s still driving a 1986 VW Golf is pretty amazing too. Sounds to me like the Illinois Department of Revenue had too much time on their hands.

Source: Neowin Forums

There Are 5 Comments

  1. Jes*s Chr*st That’s Our F*cking Government for you, someone trying to help the environment, instead of them commeding him and asking for advice on how he did it, they slap cuffs on him and through his ass in jail before he has time to help others covert their cars, boo hoo the government looses some money on Gas Taxes, oh yeah did you fail to realize that he’s paying Taxes on the little bit of Diesel he’s using! Dumb F*cks

  2. That’s very strange. I’ve heard about driving cars on vegetable oil a lot, but I never heard of it being illegal. Was the car a diesel? I heard diesel cars can run off vegetable oil EZ. Never heard of a standard gasoline car doing it.

    My dad drove a 1984 Toyota Celica daily until just a few months ago. He didn’t make it run off of vegetable oil, though.

  3. So what if someone was using solar power? Would they have to pay taxes for the sunlight?

  4. Yeah, tell them to p*** off with their stupid taxes…

  5. 1. Mr. Wetzel should know better then to listen to politicians… they usually say what their PR person tells them to say.

    2. Sounds to me like the Illinois Department of Revenue got some “gifts” from some petrol companies.


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