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HMRC has clarified the rules on red diesel used for gritting and snow clearance.

Any vehicle that is undertaking snowplough or snow clearance work is allowed to use red diesel according to HMRC rules. However these rules only apply to specifically adapted vehicles when it comes to road gritting.

Last week HMRC announced that this difference in interpretation is to be relaxed whilst it consults with interested parties. So farmers can go ahead in using tractors running on red diesel to assist with snow clearance, gritting and making vital journeys for rural schools, hospitals and the frail and infirm without the fear of sanction from the tax man. “With parts of the country having received their first falls of snow this winter and cold weather forecast in the run-up to Christmas, this is a helpful recognition of the part farmers play in the wider rural community” commented Tim Maris, who heads up UHY Hacker Young’s specialist agricultural team. Further help on fuel costs was announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement last week, when the 3 pence rise in fuel duty scheduled for January 2013 was cancelled, which, with the results of the consultation exercise, should bring some relief against the rising costs predicted by many commentators in the New Year.

UHY Hacker Young Partnership can help you in all aspects of your business planning and monitoring. This will give you the comfort of knowing that you are planning to succeed despite external influences and can measure your success along the way. To find out more about how we could help your business call our AgriBusiness team on 01763 247321 or email

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