24th July 2020 – HMRC Consultation re Red Diesel

HMRC is seeking information about the proposed changes to the rules surrounding the uses of red diesel.

At this year’s Spring Budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak shared plans to review the current use of red diesel, and as such announced that he would be launching a consultation with red diesel users later in the year. During the Budget the Chancellor also shared plans for the intended removal of entitlement to use red diesel from April 2022, except for the agriculture sector (including forestry, horticulture and fish farming), railways, and where red diesel is used to power non-commercial heating systems, such as in homes, narrowboats and places of worship.

The anticipated red diesel consultation has now been launched by Government and seeks to gather evidence as to whether other sectors, including recreational boating, should be allowed to maintain use of the fuel beyond April 2022.

The RYA will be responding to this call for evidence and urges users of diesel propelled craft, particularly private pleasure craft, and those involved in the supply of fuel to UK craft to participate in the consultation.

To have your say on the future of red diesel please click here.
The consultation closes at 11.45pm on 1 October 2020.