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Farmers can use red diesel now to help out during this extreme weather snap


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

Under normal rules any vehicle that is specifically constructed or adapted for dealing with frost, ice and snow such as a snow plough can work on public roads 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 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 are entitled to use red diesel.

More details can be obtained by calling the Excise and Customs Helpline on 0845 010 9000.

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