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    SVO/WVO and tax?

    So, I am aware of the current Australian legistaltion regarding Biodiesel, but AFAIK this does not specifically mention SVO/WVO.

    So what is the legality of running a vehicle on SVO/WVO???
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    Re: SVO/WVO and tax?

    Hi Ben, welcome to the forums.

    There is currently no tax (excise) on vegetable oil either fresh, or used cooking oil in Australia. There is specific mention of transesterified fats (biodiesel), but unmodified/reacted svo/wco burned in an engine is not currently covered by any tax laws in Oz.

    Use it for free before the government decides to tax it too.
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    Re: SVO/WVO and tax?

    Thanks for the info Robert, that is good to know.

    I once had discussions with a refinery process engineer, who was talking about the low-temperature waxing problems with conventional diesel, and how it was a lot of work and expense to remove all the wax. He said that all diesel vehicles should be made with heat exchangers in the fuel tank and heated fuel lines - which would also allow them to run SVO/WVO.
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    Re: SVO/WVO and tax?

    I'm sure when I researched this issue, I found that canola oil was Specifically mentioned in the fuels act, though no other seed oil or veg oil was.
    Weird... dunno if any one can verify this, I looked back throught my research files but cannot locate where I find it, will try harder..
    Axel

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    Question Re: SVO/WVO and tax?

    Anyone aware of the legal requirements in relation to the modification of the fuel system required to run WVO. We have made discreet enquiries with QLD transport and never get an answer either way as to whether it's legal or how to do it legally. I am probably going to go down the track of installing a second fuel system (possibly with the heaters) and having that modification approved and plated. It's also an interesting problem in regard to insurance being that they are all so quick to find any reason to avoid paying a claim.

    Thoughts anyone ?
    Last edited by Cheeky; 5th February 2006 at 09:44 PM.

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    Anyone? ...........please

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    Re: SVO/WVO and tax?

    I know a guy here (NSW) who has an SVO conversion. He took his car to the RTA here to ask if there were any issues with registration due to the conversion. They basically said that they had no regulations at all covering SVO conversions. As long as the car was roadworthy, they did not care about the fuel heater and the extra tank of veggie oil.
    I suppose that in the case of LPG and CNG conversions, there is a big extra safety factor to consider, requiring special licencing of 3rd party installers/inspectors and regulations to cover the modifications. Also, LPG/CNG modifications are more common and more recognised. Hopefully the SVO conversions will become more common and more recognised in time and perhaps this will one day affect vehicle registration compliance, but for now, the SVO conversions seem well "under the radar".
    Sorry if this is not a definitive or official answer, but this is just what I've heard.
    If anyone else has any better info, please post.
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    Re: SVO/WVO and tax?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheeky
    Anyone aware of the legal requirements in relation to the modification of the fuel system required to run WVO. We have made discreet enquiries with QLD transport and never get an answer either way as to whether it's legal or how to do it legally. I am probably going to go down the track of installing a second fuel system (possibly with the heaters) and having that modification approved and plated. It's also an interesting problem in regard to insurance being that they are all so quick to find any reason to avoid paying a claim.

    Thoughts anyone ?
    Cheeky,
    If they allow people to install long range fuel tanks, then they should allow UCO conversions. I know of 2 vehicles in WA with the appropriate endorsement on their vehicle inspection certificates. With one, the WARFA member had 5 inspectors aroud his vehicle and he answered their questions to their satisfaction, even though the fuel filler was in the boot.

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    Re: SVO/WVO and tax?

    Thanks for the replies Robert and Tony. I had wondered how you would get on with filler locations, mine's likely to be inside the fibreglass ute canopy.

    Cheeky

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    Re: SVO/WVO and tax?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheeky
    Thanks for the replies Robert and Tony. I had wondered how you would get on with filler locations, mine's likely to be inside the fibreglass ute canopy.

    Cheeky
    You still need to comply with all ADRs for fuel tanks and filler locations, breathers, etc. In most states additional fuel tanks are a modification and need to be approved by an authorised person/engineer.

    Here are the QLD guidelines.
    http://www.transport.qld.gov.au/qt/LTASinfo.nsf/ReferenceLookup/Modification_Jan05v2.pdf/$file/Modification_Jan05v2.pdf
    Note they state that the filler must be outside the vehicle unless originally fitted inside by tha manufacturer.
    Last edited by isuzurover; 14th February 2006 at 01:48 AM.
    Cheers,

    Ben.

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