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Red Diesel

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Opening a hornets nest here I know! Also, before I start, let me stress that I do not own or use a diesel boat engine and would never advocate anyone breaking the law!

Having got that off my chest :lol: , my understanding is that red diesel leaves traces within the engine that can be found even after white diesel has been used. If this is the case, how will HMRC be able to police older engines if the occasional can of agricultural red was to find its way into a tank after the derrogation ends?

Also, how long before some enterprising farmer "diversifies" and starts filtering fuel as has been common in the vicinity of the Eire/N Ireland border for years.

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Absolutely nothing to stop anybody John apart from a sense of decency and honesty, particularly as HMCE preferred option is to keep red and just tax leisure boats at the full rate for it.

Anybody who does however will be stealing from ME and YOU, not the government, they have no money of their own, it's all ours and if I hear of anybody stealing from me or you I will shop them.

One option is to keep everything as it is and put us all on trust to report our usage and send in the money on an annual basis whilst keeping red at the same price at the point of sale, this is a preferred option by many remote marinas and those that serve commercial users and leisure users.

There are many issues apart from simple pricing here.

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im guessing the red diesel for farmers will go the same as for everyone and they will have to claim a rebate back on white fuel

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No, agricultural fuel and fuel used for plant will remain at the same duty levels. In fact so will red diesel used for heating or genny on a boat, I am just about to fit a 225hp Webasto :naughty::naughty:

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