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The 1st April 2022 will see new rules surrounding the use of rebated red diesel and biofuels. The change in legislation is being brought in to reduce commercial reliance on fossil diesel, in turn to help the UK achieve its Net Zero Carbon target.
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Many businesses are using the new red diesel rules as an opportunity to switch to white HVO, Speedy Flame IHO and GTL.
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Can use rebated fuels in agricultural vehicles, special vehicles, machines and appliances
Can only use rebated fuels to propel or stop vehicles that run on a railway. They cannot use rebated fuels for any other purpose such as cooling or heating units
Travelling Fairs and Circuses
Can only use rebated fuels to power rides, and for the provision of electricity and heating for caravan accommodation
Sailing, Boating and Marine
Rebated fuels can be used in all types of boat. It can be used on engines, and any other machines and appliances that are permanently on the boat
Rebated fuels can be used in vehicles, special vehicles, heating and lighting within the course/club
In some circumstances, you may be granted a licence if you can prove to HMRC why you cannot use full duty paid diesel,
For instance, you may use rebated fuel for technical or safety purposes because using full duty diesel fuel isn’t compatible with your vehicles, vessels, machines or appliances.
If you think you’re eligible, you must apply to HMRC. If they approve the licence, you can pay the difference in duty between the rebated and non-rebated fuels. The licence will will not be issued indefinitely and will be reviewed regularly.
HMRC recognises that there will be a transition period between the rule changes and rebated fuel being used up in a storage tank. The extent of this will depend on the:
It acknowledges that due to maintaining minimal stock levels for safety and operational reasons, full duty paid fuel may be blended with existing stocks of rebated fuel which may result in the red indicator being left in the tank after the rule changes.
HMRC will check receipts and invoice records and only target those who are wilfully and illegally using red diesel. If you’ve taken reasonable steps to switch to full duty fuels, it will work with you to ensure you’re on the right side of the law. It will check if testing and records of the stocks are consistent to determine if the rebated fuel was put in the tank before the rule changes.
If reasonable circumstances can’t be established, vehicles, machines, vessels or appliances found to be unlawfully running on rebated fuel will be detained until the duty has been paid.
No, you must purchase white diesel or a cleaner alternative such as white HVO.
No, HMRC is advising any non-exempt customers to plan their red diesel purchase/usage up to the 1st April 2022. So make sure you only buy what you will use by this date.
If you have any rebated fuel in your tanks after 31st March, you will need to either:
*Please keep records of any sales or disposal
You can sell or dispose of the fuel without needing to be approved by HMRC as an RDCO, but you must keep records to prove how this was done. You must dispose of rebated fuel safely and correctly by using an approved waste oil recycling or disposal company such as Speedy Fuels.
It’s important to keep accurate records of all fuels you have purchased to prove that you haven’t been stockpiling and that you have started the transition to non-rebated fuels.
Yes, the rules apply to HVO in the same way as rebated fuels. If you’re no longer permitted to use red HVO, you must switch to white HVO.