Drivers furious over new diesel rules coming into place from April 1

As of the start of next month, new rules will come into play regarding the use of diesel across the United Kingdom.

Strict new restrictions will be set-upon diesel drivers from April 1 – when the Government will end the legal use of rebated red diesel. And people are in turn saying that the new ruling will punish those who drive diesel vehicles, skyrocketing prices across the board.

Rebated diesel, which is commonly regarded to as ‘red diesel’ as well as rebated biofuels will no longer be allowed, after a change that will put a pin on the use of said fuel – The Manchester Evening News reports.

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It means it’ll become illegal to put into vehicle or machinery fuel tanks except for some limited circumstances. Red diesel is taxed at the lower rate of just 11p per liter compared to the usual 57.95p for normal diesel.

Now drivers are reacting to the changes, which are set to come into power in a matter of weeks. One reader warned it would add extra taxes on businesses.

Meanwhile others feared the changes means it “won’t be worth working” as overall costs will “skyrocket”.

A third slammed: “Nice money grab. A lot of heavy machines can use 200 liters a day. Definitely a price increase coming.”

While a fourth reader said: “No way companies can swallow these increases.”

The rebated fuels impacted by these changes are rebated diesel, rebated Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), rebated biodiesel and bioblend, kerosene taxed at the rebated diesel rate and fuel substitutes.

HVO is a liquid hydrocarbon which is classified for excise purposes like heavy oil and treated the same as diesel. But fully rebated kerosene is unaffected by these changes and can be used for all heating purposes.

From April, it will no longer be legal to use red diesel for non-road mobile machinery such as bulldozes and cranes or to power mobile generations on construction sites.

Businesses should prepare for the change by running down stocks of red diesel in storage tanks and considering the cost implications of a move to “white” diesel and whether these costs can be passed to customers or contractors.


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