Red diesel is widely used to operate registered off-road vehicles, machinery, and commercial boilers; however, The Government's recent changes on the tax relief of gas oil means many industry sectors are no longer eligible to use gas oil/red diesel.
As your local commercial and agricultural fuel supplier, we’ve put together a list of FAQs to help you better understand the do’s and don’ts of red diesel.
“Red diesel” is the most common name used for gas oil. To prevent its misuse in road vehicles, it is a legal requirement for red diesel to be marked with a red dye as well as chemical markers.
Red diesel is essentially the
same as white diesel (DERV) however you are unable to use it in road vehicles
and other prohibited vehicles and uses.
Some of the more common names you might hear red diesel referred as include tractor diesel, 35-second oil, agricultural diesel, cherry red, rebated diesel, and generator diesel.
As of the 1st of April 2022, the following categories can use red diesel:
You can purchase red diesel from WCF Fuels in quantities from 500 litres up to a full articulated tanker of 36,000 litres.
For more information on ordering larger volumes don't hesitate to get in touch with our team on 0191 5186670
The types of special vehicles that may use rebated red diesel are:
But only when they’re being used for qualifying purposes, we recommend that you check The Government website for specific details on the acceptable uses of each type of vehicle, before purchasing red diesel to ensure you are operating within the confinements of the law.
There are two grades of diesel, known as winter grade and summer grade diesel. Winter-grade diesel is formulated to contain an additive that prevents wax crystals from forming at low temperatures, this means it will resist solidifying in extremely cold temperatures.
Where winter-grade fuel can be used all year round, summer-grade diesel is optimised for summer use only due to its slightly higher viscosity. Winter-grade fuel is available from 15th November to 15th March.
Our dedicated team are on hand to help take care of your fuel requirements. If you would like to set up a commercial account simply call us today on 0191 5186770 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and request a copy of our commercial application form, once complete a member of our team will be in touch.
Remember, If you suspect that someone is illegally using red diesel, you can report them to HMRC’s fraud hotline.