HM REVENUE & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed that during extreme weather farmers can use tractors fuelled by red diesel to help grit and clear snow from public roads.
Under normal rules 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.
During periods of extreme weather, HMRC will adopt a pragmatic approach to the rules. This means that agricultural tractors used on public roads for clearing snow or gritting to provide access to schools, hospitals, a remote dwelling, or communities can use red diesel.
For more information ‘phone the Excise and Customs Helpline on 0845 010 9000.