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Red Diesel (Gas Oil) Regulations for Safe and Legal Usage

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Understanding the regulations surrounding red diesel (also known as gas oil) is important…

Many people who rely on fuels and oils for their business are still unaware of the regulations related to red diesel/gas oil. Are you using it when you shouldn’t be? Are you not using it when you could be benefiting from the reduced fuel duty placed on it? So for some clearance on the rules regarding ed diesel/gas oil, we’ve answered some more of the most common questions about its legal uses. You can learn even more by visiting our red diesel FAQ page.

Is there a restriction on how far I can travel with red diesel?

A. An Operative’s Licence is required if you’re planning to use gas oil for journeys of 15 miles or more. If you’re completing farming, gardening or forestry activities then you can use red diesel without any restrictions.

Can I use red diesel to transport livestock?

A. The regulations for red diesel state you can use rebated fuel as long as you’re transporting your own cattle. If the journey will be longer than 20km then an Operator’s Licence will be required. If you are transporting livestock for someone else then you will need to use white diesel.

Is it ok to use red diesel to deliver compost to parks and households?

A. The transportation of the compost has to be related to the operation in which it was produced for red diesel to be permitted.

I need to tow a piece of machinery to another farm, can I use red diesel for that?

A. Red Diesel Rules state that rebated fuel is allowed to be used as long as the tractor towing the equipment will be involved in the activity the equipment is intended for and as usual it needs to be farming, horticultural or forestry related.

Would I be allowed to use red diesel to spray a sports pitch or take a bowser of red diesel?

A. Red diesel rules state the rebated fuel cannot be used in either of these situations as spraying a sports field is not considered as a horticultural activity and the bowser would be considered as transport. Therefore, white diesel must be used in both of these situations.

If you have further questions, check out our more in-depth set of red diesel questions and answers or alternatively, give our friendly team a call today to discuss your requirements and get answers to your questions.

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