Views Sought On Gritting In Rural Areas

HMRC are consulting on proposals to change the law to allow tractors and possibly other agricultural vehicles to use rebated fuel (‘red diesel’) for gritting roads in rural areas.

HMRC are consulting on proposals to change the law to allow tractors and possibly other agricultural vehicles to use rebated fuel (‘red diesel’) for gritting roads in rural areas. Ed

Snow road:Changes to the law which would allow tractors to use ‘red diesel’ for gritting roads have been published by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Currently, only purpose built or adapted gritters may use red diesel when they are being used to grit roads.

Share your views
HMRC welcomes views on the consultation document ‘Use of rebated fuel for gritting in rural areas’ from anyone who would be affected by any changes or is involved in the provision of gritting services or equipment, including councils, agencies and other bodies.

Steven Clarke, Oils Policy team, HMRC said, “In recent winters during extreme weather we have temporarily allowed tractors and other agricultural vehicles gritting rural roads to use red diesel.

“We are now considering whether we need to change the law to formalise this and make it permanent”.

Read the document
The consultation document ‘Use of rebated fuel for gritting in rural areas’ can be found on the ‘What’s New’ page of the HMRC website (12 July).

Views must be sent to HMRC by 5 October 2012.

Image: Peter Pearson under CC BY 2.0

Friday, 13th July, 2012 2:50pm

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James P

Have they thought this through? If you fill your tractor up with red diesel to do a bit of gritting, can you use up the rest of the tank doing something else?

To administer properly will be a nightmare, and not to administer properly will be to invite abuse!

does what it says
its an initiative to keep the roads clear of snow and ice in winter. the red diesel can also be used off road on the farms that the tractors come from. how can it be open to abuse? its a community service. I would rather a farmer doesnt pay tax on his fuel and helps people out than gets hammered for doing so by people with a… Read more »
James P

Sorry if I jumped to a conclusion. How does it currently work then? Does a farmer who uses his tractor on the road (e.g. to get from field A to field B) have to use DERV?

does what it says

i dont believe so. however if he’s nipping down sainsburys in his tractor to do his shopping, he cannot use red diesel. only from field to field. Its common sense really isnt it.

James P

Common sense, indeed. So no need to change the law, really, unless there are “people with a far too literal interpretation of the law” about. Jobsworths, I think they’re called.

does what it says

I was referring to yourself James. It seems you are interpreting the law far too literally in your comments… unless you are just trying to stir things a little.

The law needs changing to avoid having to introduce temporary legislation every winter. It says so in the story. Why ask the question when it says so in the story James? Why not just read it instead?

James P

I did read it, although I admitted misinterpreting it initially. “We have temporarily allowed” does not mean that any law was changed – it just means that HMRC overlooked a rather obvious exception that anyone else would regard as common sense.

Who buys a tractor (not the Chelsea variety) to use on the road anyway?

does what it says
HMRC did not overlook anything. They made an exception and used their common sense to do so. Now they are looking to formalise that exception, which is a sensible course to ensure that the exception, which is made regularly, becomes the rule. Your comments leave me wondering… are you simply looking for something to blame on HMRC? you seem to suggest that this change is pointless, wrong,… Read more »
James P

I’m saying it’s a non-problem for which only a bureaucrat would look to legislate. And you said I was interpreting the law too literally!

witchfinder general

I shouldn’t worry James, there will be plenty of safeguards put in place, like only if there is an R in the month, owners of luxury range rovers must make sure their chauffeur has a salt cellar in his pocket, farmers must only pay their tractor driver the minimum wage to qualify and members of the tory party who can prove they are already bonafide tax evaders.