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Red Diesel Entitlement


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What is the new ruling on red diesel?

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. 


Who can use red diesel after 2022?

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:

  • Forestry

  • Fish Farming

  • Agriculture

  • Horticulture

  • Railways

  • 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:

  • Domestic Homes

  • NHS Hospitals

  • Town Halls

  • Places of Worship

  • State Schools


Can I still buy red diesel after 1st April 2022?

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.  


What does the new legislation mean for Travis Perkins customers?

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.


Helpful links to government information and guidance

Check When Rebated Fuel Can Be Used

How to Prepare for the Changes to Rebated Fuel if You’re a Fuel User

How to Prepare for the Changes to Rebated Fuel if You’re a Registered Dealer or Producer of Biofuels



Disclaimer: The information contained on this page is intended as an overall introduction and is not intended as specific advice from a qualified professional. Travis Perkins aims to avoid, but accepts no liability, in the case that any information stated is out of date.