Tractor runs and ploughing matches get red diesel exemption
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North-east MP David Duguid has obtained further clarification on red diesel exemptions for agriculture when the changes to legislation come into effect on April 1.
It comes after the Conservative MP for Banff and Buchan, met with Exchequer Secretary Helen Whately MP last month.
Mr Duguid had already received confirmation at that meeting that the use of red would remain eligible at agricultural shows and ploughing matches, as well as for clearing snow and cutting hedges and verges on public roads.
In a letter to Mr Duguid, the minister has now confirmed red diesel would also be allowed for charity tractor runs and for assisting local authorities and emergency services during periods of extreme weather.
It states: "The Government considers that running or participating in events which provide information and education that benefit agriculture are purposes relating to agriculture, and this includes taking part in charitable activities that promote these industries.
"Examples of such events are agricultural shows, ploughing matches and charity tractor runs.
"HMRC will be updating Excise Notice 75 accordingly.
"Rebated fuel can also be used to travel to and from where the vehicles or machines are to be used for these activities.
"Where machinery is used for both agricultural and non-agricultural work, the Government recognises there may be some operational challenges and additional costs in complying with these changes, but believes this is the most effective way to ensure compliance.
David Duguid MP said: “Agriculture is a key industry in Banff and Buchan which is why I’ve sought and obtained full clarification on the list of exemptions for red diesel.
“I’m particularly pleased to receive confirmation that red diesel will be allowed to be used for charity tractor runs, on top of confirmation I received last month for agricultural shows and ploughing matches.
“The UK Government has also acknowledged the role farmers have when extreme weather events occur by continuing to allow the use of red diesel for this.
“I will continue to monitor the situation to ensure Banff and Buchan farmers have all the information they need when the changes come into effect on April 1.”