One Month to go until Red Diesel Changes!

One Month to go until Red Diesel Changes!

Here at Fastline Services Ltd we are always ready to share the latest industry news. Especially when it effects our industry and the sector we work.

There is less than a month left until Red Diesel changes come into force. The new restrictions on who can use red diesel and rebated biofuels will affect the whole sector. As a result, those previous entitled to rebated fuels who are not eligible under the new scheme must prepare to transition to white diesel before 1st April.

Who is eligible to use red diesel and rebated fuels?

From the 1st April 2022, the use of red diesel and rebated biofuels will be restricted to the following:

  • Vehicles and machinery used in agriculture, horticulture, fish farming and forestry. This includes allowing vehicles used for agriculture to be used for cutting verges and hedges, snow clearance and gritting roads.
  • Propelling passenger, freight or maintenance vehicles designed to run on rail tracks.
  • Heating and electricity generation in non-commercial premises – this includes the heating of homes and buildings such as places of worship, hospitals and townhalls; off-grid power generation; and non-propulsion uses on permanently-moored houseboats.
  • Maintaining community amateur sports clubs as well as golf courses (including activities such as ground maintenance, and the heating and lighting of clubhouses, changing rooms etc.)
  • As fuel for all marine craft refuelling and operating in the UK (including fishing and water freight industries), except for propelling private pleasure craft in Northern Ireland.
  • Powering the machinery (including caravans) of travelling fairs and circuses.

Farmers have also been reminded that the use of red diesel on public highways is restricted, and white diesel should be used unless travelling between fields or carrying out agricultural-based work such as hedge cutting or salt gritting mentioned above.

However, those in industries such as construction, landscaping and maintenance where red diesel was previously permitted are advised to check in which scenarios they are allowed to use rebated fuels, and are reminded that red diesel cannot be used to travel on public highways.

Seek guidance from HMRC if you are unsure on if you qualify.



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