HMRC Consultation on Red Diesel

Posted: 6th August 2019

On the 15th July 2019 HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) launched an open consultation on the implementation of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) judgement on diesel fuel used in private pleasure craft.

Consultation description

This consultation outlines how the government intends to implement the judgment by requiring private pleasure craft to use white diesel for propulsion, and seeks evidence about the impact this will have on users of diesel propelled craft operating in UK inland waterways and along the coast, and the companies that supply diesel to them.

The responses will be used to help determine whether a period will be required for suppliers, known as Registered Dealers in Controlled Oils (RDCOs), and users of diesel fuel, to adapt to using only white diesel for propulsion of private pleasure craft and, if needed, the length of any such period.

Register your views

The consultation is open to boat owners and HMRC is inviting views on the proposed changes. You can register your views via the following link before the consultation closes on Monday 9th September 2019 at 11:45pm. We are working with our marine industry body, British Marine, to maintain the use of red diesel and we have also contacted HMRC to discuss the matter. When an outcome is decided, our response will be in line with Government legislation.