Farmers given permission to use red diesel to help grit roads in winter (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Farmers given permission to use red diesel to help grit roads in winter
11:13am Tuesday 5th November 2013 in News
FARMERS can now use red diesel in certain vehicles if they are gritting roads this winter.
The rules on the use of red diesel changed on November 1 allowing users of agricultural tractors, light agricultural vehicles and agricultural material handlers in the South Lakes to use red diesel in their vehicles when gritting public roads.
Previously, only vehicles constructed or adapted solely for gritting roads were allowed to use red diesel for gritting purposes.
It prevented farmers from using their tractors and other agricultural vehicles that are ordinarily fuelled with red diesel to respond quickly to adverse weather conditions.
The changes follow a public consultation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), who have now accepted that due to their design and off-road capability, such vehicles can often be the most suitable for snow clearance and gritting.
Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron said: "In rural areas like ours farmers take action to keep our roads open and ensure safety.
"I’m pleased that the government has listened to our calls for them to make this change."
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