Seeing red over new diesel law

Published:  28 April, 2022

Changes to the law concerning the use of red diesel came into effect on 1st April, affecting thousands of hire and construction companies across the UK. Hire Association Europe and Event Hire Association (HAE EHA) is urging its members and the wider hire industry to ensure they are fully aware of the changes to avoid finding themselves on the wrong side of the law.

Under current regulations rebated gas oil (red diesel) and rebated biofuels, can be legally used for any machine which is not a road vehicle, for example earthmoving equipment and mobile generators. From 1st April, this entitlement was removed for all but a handful of specific sectors. HAE EHA has taken a number of actions including creating revised terms and conditions of hire and putting in place training and general guidance for members.

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