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Red Diesel Law – Part 1

red diesel laws / legislationRed diesel laws and legislation can be quite confusing. Some people genuinely don’t even know that they’re breaking the law, while there are others who don’t even think about the red diesel law when the opportunity arises for them to fill up their car with red diesel.

You can get into trouble by not paying attention to the grey areas. For example, it is illegal to use red diesel on public roads. However, if a tractor needs to cross a public road en route to another piece of land, then it’s likely that investigators will wave the red diesel law.

It is probably best to run your situation by HMRC if the printed guidelines on red diesel law don’t apply.

Q. According to red diesel law, what vehicles can I use?

A. Exempt vehicles are the only vehicles that can use red diesel on the road. Only vehicles that are being used for forestry or farming work classify as exempt vehicles. The vehicles that may be included for exemption could be:

  • Tractors – Tractors are allowed to use red diesel to assist in the gritting of roads. However, tractors can also use red diesel when cutting plants and hedges on public roads.
  • Light Agrarian Vehicles – These are vehicles that weigh less than 1000kgs and there is only space for a driver.
  • Material handlers, for example, telehandlers and filling shovels.
  • Gritters and any vehicles used for clearing ice.
  • As long as a bulldozer or a crane is not carrying any unnecessary loads, they are permitted to use red diesel when moving from one location to another.

Q. Is there a limit on exactly how far I can drive with an agrarian vehicle?

A. If you’re doing a job that is exclusively farming related, then you can travel as far as you need using red diesel.

Did we answer your red diesel questions? Go to red diesel law part 2 for more information!

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