07 February 2022

Changes to the purchase of Red Diesel (Gas Oil) effective from April 2022

Please note that, with effect from the 1st April 2022, the UK government have changed the criteria around the entitlement to use red diesel. The changes are being made to help meet the government’s climate change and air quality targets.

From this date, red diesel can only be purchased for the following qualifying purposes. From 1 April 2022 red diesel can only be used for the following purposes:

• for 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

• to propel passenger, freight or maintenance vehicles designed to run on rail tracks

• for 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

• for maintaining community amateur sports clubs as well as golf courses

• as fuel for all marine craft refuelling and operating in the UK, except for propelling private pleasure craft in Northern Ireland

• for powering the machinery (including caravans) of travelling fairs and circuses

 Any fuel purchased before this date can continue to be used up but you must not purchase red diesel after this date if your business does not fall in any of the above categories.  You’ll need to use an alternative fuel instead.

Further information can be found by clicking here.

If you have any questions on how this might affect your business please do not hesitate to contact your Chemical Corporation sales representative or our sales office on 02920 880222.