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AdBlue Emulators: Don’t Go Cheating the System

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As the UK’s largest sole contributor of greenhouse gasses, it’s no surprise that the transport sector is under increasing pressure to reduce its pollution levels. AdBlue (AU32) is an effective way to help the industry in its efforts, so it’s alarming that an increasing number of transport operators are illegally using AdBlue emulators (AdBlue cheat devices) to disable the pollution control systems.

Why is AdBlue needed?

Clean running Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) are essential to the Government’s 2050 net-zero carbon target.

AdBlue is a legal requirement in modern HGVs and many modern diesel-fuelled cars to ensure engines meet legal emission standards; not only to improve public health, but to reduce the UK’s overall emissions footprint.

Through the use of a dedicated exhaust injection system, AdBlue is injected into the exhaust stream to reduce the amount of harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx) released. This process is known as Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), and is required on HGVs by law.

AdBlue emulators (cheat devices)

During random roadside tests carried out between August 2017 and February 2018, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) found that of the 10,237 trucks checked, 293 contained a cheat device that switches off the use of AdBlue.

These devices, or “emulators”, deactivate the warning light on a vehicle’s dashboard that alerts the driver if the diesel exhaust system is not functioning. Effectively, this allows the vehicle to run without a working AdBlue delivery system, fooling the engine and breaking a number of UK laws in the process.

These devices, or “emulators”, deactivate the warning light on a vehicle’s dashboard that alerts the driver if the diesel exhaust system is not functioning. Effectively, this allows the vehicle to run without a working AdBlue delivery system, fooling the engine and breaking a number of UK laws in the process.

Why are transport operators cheating the system?

Using the diesel exhaust fluid is an added running cost for operators – especially those who travel long distances. Disabling AdBlue saves companies around 5% of costs, but increases emissions by almost 2.5 times the safe level.

The forfeits: you’ll be suffering with the (Ad)Blues

With the 2050 target, the penalties can be significant and you’ll no doubt be suffering from the (Ad)Blues. If a transport company is found using a cheat device and does not remove it within 10 days:
They will face a £300 fine
The offending vehicles will be taken off the road immediately
The Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain will be informed
They are at risk of losing their operating licence
They will face the cost of replacing the AdBlue system

AdBlue Emulator

Quality over price

Buying cheaper AdBlue may help to reduce costs initially, but can actually leave you with costly problems in the future, including:
Higher pollution levels
Pressure build-up
Decreased fuel economy

We advise purchasing high-quality AdBlue to avoid expensive maintenance in the long-run. Crown Oil supplies AU32 in quantities from 10 litres up to 36,000 litres and more that meets all of the required regulations.

We also have a vast range of ancillary products and dispensing equipment on hand, such as hand pumps, IBC dispensers and drip trays to help avoid contamination and spills.

For high-quality diesel exhaust fluid at a competitive price, get in touch today on 0845 313 0845 and a member of the team will be happy to help.

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