Michael Moore has welcomed the news that Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has relaxed the rules on the use of red diesel by farmers who are helping to grit or and clear snow from public roads during the current weather conditions.
The Minister said:
“This is a sensible decision given the incredibly tough conditions we are facing this winter. In times of severe weather, farmers are essential in clearing roads and allowing our communities to go about their business, allowing vital supplies to get through, or families to check in on vulnerable people as well as keeping local economies moving.
“When resources on the ground are stretched, we have to adapt our approach to ensure the safety of people who may otherwise struggle or be in danger.”
Under normal rules any vehicle that is specifically constructed or adapted for dealing with frost, ice and snow - such as a snow plough - can work on public roads while using red diesel.
HMRC recognises the vital role played by farmers in helping to keep rural roads clear. During this period of extreme weather HMRC will adopt a pragmatic approach to the rules. This means tractors on public roads clearing snow or gritting to provide access to schools, hospitals, a remote dwelling, or communities cut off by ice and snow are entitled to use red diesel.
More details can be obtained by calling the Excise and Customs Helpline on 0845 010 9000.