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Red diesel, also known as gas oil, 35 seconds, medium diesel, heating oil, tractor diesel, cherry, generator fuel, digger fuel and many more. Whatever you call red diesel, Crown Oil can supply you with the quantity of red diesel you require, when you need it and to where you need it.

Red Diesel is used by our industrial, commercial, agricultural and construction customers in a wide variety of uses from heating right through to tower cranes, excavators, diggers, tractors, etc.

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Red diesel is the low duty form of diesel and can be used in off-road untaxed vehicles i.e. agricultural / industrial / construction machinery and as home heating only. As red diesel is minimally taxed, it cannot be used as automotive diesel fuel in normal cars. Customs and Excise regulations require minimally taxed diesel to have a special red dye. This way the inspectors can quickly and conclusively identify the presence of red diesel and take appropriate action against the offender.

7 Reasons to use Crown Oil for your Red Diesel Requirements:

Red diesel is available from other companies but, what makes Crown oil’s customers come back time and time again? Here are 7 reasons why you should choose us!

1. We have over 65 years experience in selling and distributing red diesel – Giving the customer what they want, when they want it.

2. Same or next day gas oil delivery service if you’re in an emergency.

3. True national coverage with our gas oil deliveries.

4. Buy from 500-36000+ litre amounts or just a 205 litre barrel of red diesel.

5. Not only do we offer the cheapest red diesel prices but, we can offer the longest payment terms available in the industry too! Speak to us about the various payment methods accepted.

6. Benefit from our huge oil buying power!

And most importantly of all…

7. The personal touch. You will have a dedicated account manager to look after you, who will assist you in ordering gas oil and use their knowledge of the market to your advantage. We are very proud of the excellent service we provide for our customers and would welcome the chance to show you just what we are capable of. Crown Oil is a major supplier of red diesel fuel across the UK, including Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

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Red Diesel Questions & Answers

Red diesel cannot be used for the same purposes as regular diesel, white diesel or road diesel (derv). This can cause some confusion amongst a lot of us so we’ve put together a list of red diesel questions and answers to help you understand this fuel better and hopefully debunk a few myths!

Q: Is Red Diesel Illegal?

A: No, although you can use red diesel illegally if you aren’t aware of the laws surrounding its proper use, red diesel can be bought and used legally in the UK.

Q: Is Red Diesel Red?

A: Yes, believe it or not, red diesel is red in colour! In order for HMRC to test for red diesel, they need to locate a marker dye within the fuel or tank using dip testing. The red colour is caused by the red marker dye which is used for detection.

Q: Can The Red Dye In Red Diesel Be Removed?

A: Yes, red dye can be removed from red diesel but, it isn’t a legal process. The intricacy of this process varies and using any method to remove the red dye (especially to use it as road diesel) is known as fuel laundering and can land you with a prison sentence. Below is an example of an illegal setup.

Is red diesel illegal

Q: Which Vehicles Can Use Red Diesel?

A: Diesel powered vehicles can run on red diesel. It will work exactly the same as normal diesel (road diesel) but, even though your diesel vehicle may run perfectly fine on red diesel fuel, you may be breaking the law depending on what your vehicle is used for.

Q: Why Is Red Diesel Cheaper Than White Diesel?

A: Rebated fuel (red diesel) is cheaper than white diesel (road diesel) because of a lower duty required to pay on it. The correct use of red diesel is for working agricultural vehicles and machinery, fishing vessels, construction and forestry. In order for these industries to make a profit, it is essential that certain duties can be reclaimed and this includes red diesel fuel.

Q: Does Red Diesel Have Any Alternative Names?

A: Yes, red diesel fuel is also known as gas oil, cherry juice, cherry red, agricultural diesel, 35 seconds, medium diesel, tractor diesel, digger fuel, marine diesel, generator diesel and rebated kerosene. All of these are the same fuel and have the same laws regarding their usage.

Red Diesel names : Gas Oil, Tractor Diesel, Cherry Diesel

Q: Where Can Red Diesel Be Purchased From?

A: There are nationwide suppliers of red diesel in the UK like us, as well as local red diesel dealers and some petrol filling stations around the country. Other locations will include marinas for smaller purchases for boats etc.

Q: Can You Buy Red Diesel In Barrels?

A: Yes, red diesel can be both purchased and stored in barrels. Also known as drums of red diesel, they usually consist of a volume of 205 litres. As a supplier of red diesel, we also sell it in barrels unless you require a larger quantity delivered by a tanker.

Red Diesel Barrels

Q: Do You Require A Licence To Buy Red Diesel?

A: No, you do not require a licence to buy red diesel however, the company selling red diesel or any other controlled oils; rebated bioblend, kerosene (MKO) and aviation turbine fuel (AVTUR) must be registered with HMRC.

It is the responsibility of the dealer of controlled oils to make sure the fuel is being used legitimately and they may pass on details about the transactions to HMRC which can be further used by the Road Fuel Testing Units (RFTU).

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Q: How Do You Reclaim Tax On Red Diesel?

A: When purchasing red diesel you need to tell your supplier/dealer what you intend to use the fuel for be it propulsion or heating. If the fuel is not needed for road fuel then it is classed under tied oils.

In order to receive a repayment or apply for a tax rebate for red diesel, HMRC must first approve. To apply for approval, fill in form HO27 and return it to them. Read further and understand more about tied oils free of duty.

Q: Is Red Diesel Exempt From Tax?

A: No, red diesel is not completely exempt although it is rebated fuel which means that the tax charged is much lower than other fuels if you’re using it off-road.

Q: What Is The Price Of Red Diesel In 2015?

A: The price of red diesel in the first quarter of 2015 is much cheaper than it was in 2014. With recent stocks of oil increasing, the prices for red diesel have decreased. The next quarter will possibly remain the same based on last year’s figures however, with the recent drop in price it may see a sharp rise back to normal or continue to fall further.

Q: What Are The Laws, Regulations And Rules Regarding The Storage Of Red Diesel On A Farm?

A: Specific requirements are covered in this section however, not all requirements are listed and understanding your own particular setup will help you further when following rules and regulations. By not following certain laws and regulations, you could face hefty fines.

General Oil Storage Requirements – This includes having a storage tank for red diesel which is structurally sound. Other items required for this particular storage include drip trays, pumps and ancillary equipment. The integrity of both tanks and ancillary must be of a standard which will unlikely leak or burst.

Structural Integrity And Maintenance Of Primary Storage – A storage tank for red diesel should last around 20 years however, the storage tank should also be maintained through the years to prevent unwanted leaks and pollution. The tank must have an impermeable bund base and walls. Regular maintenance by a professional inspector will reduce the chances of small issues developing into big issues and helps avoid costly problems for you and the environment.

Safety Zone And Maintenance Recommendations – If you own a red diesel storage tank then it is advisable, where possible, to construct it away from any areas which could facilitate the pollution of the environment. It is therefore advised not to construct your tank outside of a building within 50 meters of a borehole or 10 meters from inland fresh and coastal waters.

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Q: Can You Drive On The Public Roads Using Red Diesel?

A: No, you can’t use red diesel as a fuel for the public roads however, there is an exception to the rule if you’re a farmer. If you need to gain access to more than one bit of land which is divided by a public road, as long as you travel no further than 1.5km, you can drive on the public road. Other exemptions to the rule are farmers using their tractors for gritting in bad weather.

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Q: Can You Use Red Diesel In A Tractor Which Is Gritting Public Roads?

A: Yes, recently a decision was made to allow farmers who want to help grit our roads in bad weather to use red diesel in their tractors. HMRC decided to change Schedule 1 to the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979 (“HODA”) to allow agricultural vehicles to use rebated fuel (“red diesel”) when gritting roads.

Q: What Are The Penalties For Using Red Diesel Illegally?

A: There is no fixed fine for using red diesel illegally but, if you’re caught using it without permission then HMRC will charge you for restoration of your vehicle’s system; cleaning your tank and filters to remove the marker dye. You’ll be charged a fee for removal of the red diesel and for storing it. In some cases you can also be charged for the difference between red diesel and white diesel over the course you have been illegally using red diesel.

Q: Can You Run Back-Up Generators On Red Diesel Fuel?

A: Yes, one of the main benefits of backup generators is that you can use red diesel as a source of fuel. This means that an already efficient diesel generator can be run at an even cheaper cost by using red diesel to power it.

Q: Can Red Diesel Be Used In A Pleasure Craft?

A: Red Diesel can be used for heating and powering electricity on a pleasure craft however, as of the 1st November 2008, the rules for using red diesel for propulsion have changed and the fuel is no longer eligible for a reduced rate of duty.

Pleasurecraft Red Diesel - Fuel for canal boats and pleasurecraft

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Q: What Are The Restrictions On Agricultural Contractors Using Red Diesel?

A: Yes, as long as the work being carried out is agricultural, horticultural or forestry work it is okay to use red diesel. If you’re using a vehicle for red diesel, it must be listed for agricultural use.

Q: Can I Run My Car On Red Diesel If I Only Use It On A Farm?

A: As long as the vehicle is only used for farm related activity and used off-road then you will be allowed to use red diesel for fuel.

Q: Can I Use Red Diesel And White Diesel In Separate Tanks On My Tractor?

A: No, unfortunately it isn’t legal to have two separate tanks which can connect to your engine and carry red diesel and white diesel or separate fuels.

Q: What Can I Do With My Unwanted/Surplus Red Diesel?

A: Removing any surplus/unwanted red diesel from your tank can lead to potential risks to the environment should the containers not be ideal. Leaving red diesel which is no longer needed can also pose further potential risks to people, buildings and the grounds on which it is stored.

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For these reasons, some companies will actually come and collect your unwanted fuel and remove it safely from your tanks and site. Depending on its condition and quantity, you may even receive a payment for the fuel. Find out more about fuel uplifts and transfers.

Q: What Happens If I Put Red Diesel In My Car By Accident?

A: We would recommend if possible, draining your car of all red diesel that you had put in straight away. If this isn’t an option at the time, we would recommend filling your tank with as much white diesel as you can. HMRC do state that if you have ever used red diesel in your car that they will able to detect it.

Q: Is Using Red Diesel For Gritting On Public Roads Legal?

A: Until recently agricultural vehicles i.e. tractors were not allowed to use red diesel on public highways. Only purpose built gritters had been allowed to run red diesel on public roads. As this was not practical due to local councils only being able to grit main routes and roads meaning rural roads would be closed. So in 2012 HMRC held a meeting where they decided to allow 3 categories of agricultural vehicles – tractors, light agricultural vehicles and agricultural material handlers – to use rebated fuel when gritting roads.

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Q: Will My Boiler Be Able To Burn Red Diesel To Heat My Home?

A: This really depends on your boiler and the model of it. A rule of thumb is if your boiler is vertically conventionally flued then you will be able to use red diesel to heat your home.

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