In the budget 2020 the government announced that they would remove the entitlement to use red diesel (or rebated gas oil) - this will be affecting most sectors using off-road vehicles and machinery, construction being the heaviest hit. There will be a few exceptions, of which we outline below.
The new legislation is to help meet the UK’s environmental targets to clean up the air that contributes to global warming and public health.
While rebated gas oil will be removed from use in the construction, manufacturing and haulage industries, there are many sectors who will still have the benefit of using red diesel. Here is a brief outline of the industries still able to use this type of fuel:
Community Amateur Sports Clubs and Golf Courses
Rebated fuel can also be used for non-commercial uses, such as heating and electricity generation, in these types of premises:
Places of Worship
You will only be able to purchase red diesel from specialist fuel suppliers. It will no longer be available off the shelf to the general public.
As we won’t be able to use red diesel in our tool hire equipment, Travis Perkins branches will no longer be able to sell red diesel or store it on the premises. Instead, White DERV and Green D+ HVO On Road diesels in a box can be ordered from our branches. Of course, these types of fuel will be taxed at the full rate of fuel duty, so be prepared for increased fuel costs.
If you need advice about our hire equipment and the fuels available, contact your local Travis Perkins branch for more information.