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Fuelswipe Red

Filling generators, plant & machinery and gas oil tanks with red diesel at your site

Delivering in and around Manchester's Trafford Park
and surrounding areas in the following postcodes:
M15, M17, M27, M30, M33 and M41 

WHAT IS RED DIESEL FUEL?


Red diesel (also known as gas oil, tractor diesel, cherry red, generator diesel and agricultural diesel) is a low-tax and therefore low-cost fuel that is widely used to operate registered off-road vehicles and machinery. It can also be used to heat homes, however industrial heating oil is a much more efficient and cost-effective alternative.




DOES RED DIESEL HAVE ANY OTHER NAMES?


Yes, red diesel is known by a number of other names such as gas oil, agricultural diesel, 35 seconds, cherry juice, tractor diesel, digger fuel, generator diesel and marine diesel.




IS RED DIESEL RED?


Yes – as its name suggests, gas oil contains a red dye with chemical markers in accordance with Customs and Excise requirements to enable HMRC or police officers to identify and quickly prosecute illegal usage. Upon testing, they must locate a marker dye or use dip testing.




DO YOU NEED A LICENCE TO USE RED DIESEL?


No, you don’t need a licence to purchase red diesel, however, you must sign an RDCO form upon purchase. You must only buy gas oil from a company who is HMRC registered. Read more about this on HMRC.




IS RED DIESEL EXEMPT FROM TAX?


No, red diesel isn’t completely exempt from tax. However, it is a heavily rebated fuel, so the tax charged is much less than on other fuels such as white diesel.




CAN RED DIESEL BE USED IN CARS?


Red diesel fuel is no different than regular white diesel; it has the same properties so it can power all diesel-powered engines. However, if you use red diesel in a road vehicle on public roads, it’s considered tax evasion and you will be breaking the law. An exception to this is for farmers. They can travel up to 1.5km using red diesel in a car to access land on the public highway.




CAN I USE RED DIESEL IN A BOILER TO HEAT MY HOME?


Whether you can run your boiler on red diesel depends on the model of your furnace. If your boiler is vertically conventionally fluid then you should be able to use the fuel to heat your home. However, this is a more expensive option than heating oil.




CAN YOU USE RED DIESEL IN TRACTORS FOR GRITTING ROADS?


Since 2012, agricultural vehicles (tractors, light agricultural vehicles and agricultural material handlers) can use red diesel on public roads to grit small roads in order to ensure safe travel for local communities.




CAN I USE RED DIESEL IN A CAR ON MY FARM?


You can use red diesel in a car on a farm, so long as it’s intended solely for off-road, farm-related use. You must not drive the car on the public roads if it’s powered on red diesel.




WHAT VEHICLES CAN USE RED DIESEL?


Tractors and light farming vehicles, for example, self-propelled cutters – providing they are merely used for gardening, agriculture or forestry purposes Mowers Gritters and automobiles used to clear snowfall Road structure vehicles Movable cranes and bulldozers Construction vehicles, e.g. diggers, JCBs and tippers Vehicles approved for partial use and which are merely used for farming, forestry or gardening purposes. These automobiles can likewise only be used on open roads amongst different parts of land utilised by the same individual. The distance must not surpass 1.5km Work vehicles must obey the same guidelines as above, although the distance can’t exceed 1km




ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS ON USING RED DIESEL FOR AGRICULTURAL CONTRACTORS?


You can use red diesel as long as you are using it exclusively for farming, horticultural or forestry work. The automobile must also be listed for agriculture use.




CAN RED DIESEL BE USED IN GENERATORS?


Red diesel is a popular fuel for use in generators on building sites, farms, film sets and in back up generators in hospitals as it’s a cost-effective way to provide power to a critical system.