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Red diesel ban: Everything you need to know

From 1 April, 2022, the government will effectively ban the use of low-tax red diesel fuel in construction and most other sectors. 

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Fuel prices will increase. The government wants users of rebated diesel to be taxed at the standard rate for diesel (like motorists) to more fairly reflect the harmful impact of the emissions they produce. The aim is to incentivise all diesel-users to invest in cleaner alternatives. 

WHAT CAN I USE INSTEAD?

The main substitute is white diesel, the standard taxed fuel, but fossil-free fuels such as HVO (hydro-treated vegetable oil) are increasingly popular. The latter is the cleanest but the most expensive. 

CAN I STOCKPILE BEFORE 1 APRIL?

No, you’ll need to run down all your stocks ahead of 1 April. If you continue to use red diesel after the ban, HMRC Compliance Officers will have the right to seize your equipment and you’ll be liable for prosecution. 

HOW WE CAN HELP

At Alliance Tool Hire we offer all major fuel sources, and we can also support you with fuel storage.

FUEL BOWSERS

Each bowser carries up to 100 litres of white diesel, which you can hire. This allows you to keep a decent amount of fuel on site, avoiding the hassle of travelling to refill so often. You can also store it away at night in a site security cabin to protect from theft. Either buy fuel directly from us or use your local petrol station. 

WHITE DIESEL

All our depots are fully stocked with 20L white diesel boxes, which are safe and convenient to transport and store, and loose diesel.

FUEL ALTERNATIVES

We offer GreenD+HVO Diesel, a biodegradable eco-fuel that reduces CO2 emissions by up to 90% and produces significantly less particle pollution than regular diesel – the main contributor to poor air quality on site in construction. It can be used as a direct replacement for regular diesel in your equipment.

To put that in perspective: for every 1,000 litres of HVO you use, you save the equivalent of 9 flights from London-Paris compared with using white diesel.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE?

Chat to one of our team to discuss any of the options above.

Or find out more via Gov.uk: https://tinyurl.com/ym4astd3 

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