From the beginning of next month, new rules will come into force regarding the use of diesel in the UK.
Strict new restrictions will be imposed on diesel drivers from April 1, when the government will end the legal use of cut-price red diesel. And people in turn say the new ruling will punish those who drive diesel vehicles, sending prices skyrocketing across the board.
Discount diesel, which is commonly referred to as ‘red diesel’, as well as discount biofuels will no longer be allowed, after a change that will curb the use of said fuel – Manchester Evening News reports.
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This means that it will become illegal to put fuel in the tanks of vehicles or machinery, except in certain 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 expected to come into effect in a few weeks. A Express.co.uk reader warned that it would add additional business taxes.
Meanwhile, others feared the changes would mean it “won’t be worth working for” as overall costs will “skyrocket”.
A third slammed: “Nice cash grab. Lots of heavy machinery can use 200 liters a day. Definitely a price increase coming.”
While a fourth reader said: ‘No way companies can swallow these increases.
Rebated fuels impacted by these changes are discounted diesel, discounted hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), discounted biodiesel and bioblend, kerosene taxed at the diesel discount rate, and fuel substitutes.
HVO is a liquid hydrocarbon that is classified for excise purposes as heavy oil and treated the same as diesel. But fully refunded kerosene is not affected by these changes and can be used for any heating purpose.
From April, it will no longer be legal to use red diesel for off-road mobile machinery such as bulldozes and cranes or to power mobile generations on construction sites.
Companies should prepare for the switch by depleting stocks of red diesel in storage tanks and considering the financial implications of a switch to “white” diesel and the possibility of passing these costs on to customers or subcontractors. contractors.