Farmers can use red diesel

Rules relaxed for tractors used to grit and clear snow from public roads.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) confirmed today that, during extreme weather, farmers in the South West can use red diesel in their tractors to help grit and clear snow from public roads.

Under normal rules, any vehicle that is being used to clear snow from public roads using a snow plough or similar device is entitled to use red diesel.

However, only vehicles that are constructed or adapted and used solely for spreading material on roads to deal with frost, ice and snow can undertake gritting work while using red diesel.

HMRC recognises the vital role played by farmers in helping to keep rural roads clear.

So, during this period of extreme weather, HMRC will adopt a pragmatic approach to the rules.

This means that agricultural 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 can continue to use red diesel.