Gritting in rural areas – your views sought

Your opinions on changes to the law which would allow tractors to use red diesel for gritting roads are wanted by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Currently, only purpose built or adapted gritters may use red diesel when they are being used to grit roads.

HMRC welcomes views on the consultation document “Use of rebated fuel for gritting in rural areas” from anyone who would be affected by any changes or is involved in the provision of gritting services or equipment, including councils, agencies and other bodies.

Steven Clarke, HMRC oils policy team, said: “In recent winters during extreme weather we have temporarily allowed tractors and other agricultural vehicles gritting rural roads to use red diesel. We are now considering whether we need to change the law to formalise this and make it permanent”.

The consultation document can be found at: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/news/index.htm

Views must be sent to HMRC by 5 October 2012.

Please send your response to:

Oils Policy Team
HMRC
3W Ralli Quays
3 Stanley Street
SALFORD
M60 9LA

Or

steve.clarke2@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

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