Red diesel allowed if winter worsens

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FARMERS who use their tractors to grit public roads will be able to use red diesel if severe weather conditions persist this winter.

A spokesman for HM Revenue and Customs said: “We understand that extreme weather requires a flexible response and HMRC have made plans to relax the rules on gritting temporarily in the event of the UK experiencing a prolonged period of severe weather.”

Announcements will be made on HMRC’s website.

Under normal circumstances, only vehicles designed and used solely for the purpose of gritting can use red diesel.

Information: 0845 010 9000.