2023 Florida Statutes

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SECTION 8735Department authorized to inspect.

206.8735 Department authorized to inspect.The department and its agents designated as inspectors, upon presenting appropriate credentials, are authorized to conduct inspections and to take and remove samples of fuel in reasonable quantities as follows:
(1) Inspections must be performed in a reasonable manner consistent with the circumstances, but in no event is prior notice required. Inspectors may physically inspect, examine, or otherwise search any tank, reservoir, or other container that can or might be used for the production, storage, or transportation of fuel. Inspection may be made of any equipment used for, or in connection with, the production, storage, or transportation of fuel. Inspectors may demand to have produced for immediate inspection the documents and records required to be kept by a person transporting fuel in nonbulk quantities.
(2) Inspections may be conducted at any place at which fuel is, or may be, produced, stored, delivered, or blended, or at any site where evidence of activities regulated by this part may be discovered, including, but not limited to:
(a) Terminal facilities.
(b) Other fuel storage facilities, including, but not limited to, bulk storage and retail facilities.
(c) Any highway inspection site, either fixed or mobile, when designated as such.
(3) Inspectors may reasonably stop and detain any person or equipment transporting fuel in or through this state for the purpose of determining whether the person is operating in compliance with the provisions of this chapter and the rules adopted pursuant thereto. Detainment may continue for such time only as is necessary to determine whether the person is in compliance.
(4) Any person who refuses, for the purpose of evading tax, to allow an inspection, in addition to being liable for any other penalties imposed by this part, commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
History.s. 74, ch. 95-417.

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