A Guide to Red Diesel


Many individuals and industries rely on fuel everyday, whether that’s home heating oil, petrol for your car, or fuel to power large machinery or vehicles. Red diesel is one type of fuel that’s widely used, but there are some important guidelines to be aware of. If you want to know more about red diesel and the rules and regulations surrounding it, read on for our handy guide.

What is red diesel?

Red diesel is essentially the same as regular diesel but with a red dye added to it. This is because it’s an untaxed version of the fuel so it carries a significantly lower tax levy than the white or clear versions. Red dye is added to prevent red diesel being used illegally in on-road vehicles.

What is red diesel used for?

It’s illegal to use red diesel in standard on-road vehicles like cars and lorries, so what is it used for? This fuel is mainly used in the agricultural and construction industries, to power off road machinery including tractors, combine harvesters, dump trucks and drill rigs.

It can also be used by the rail industry or during outdoor events, to power equipment like back-up power generators.

Who can buy red diesel?

You don’t need a licence to buy red diesel but it isn’t available for general sale (e.g at petrol stations). You’ll need to use a specialist fuel supplier if you want to buy diesel legally and you must use it for a legitimate reason. You can buy red diesel if you work in one of the industries mentioned above or if you need to power off-road machinery.

It’s illegal to use red diesel in your car (unless you’re a farmer) and using red diesel on public roads is considered a tax evasion.

How do I store red diesel?

Red diesel can be stored in either a fixed tank or mobile bowser. Storage regulations will depend on several factors, including how much fuel you have, where the storage facility is based and what the fuel is being used for. All tanks in England need to comply with the standard regulations unless your tank has a full volume of 1,500 litres or if it was connected prior to 1991.

If you’re looking for reliable red diesel delivery in East Yorkshire and Holderness, get in touch with the team at D & SL Fuels & Lubricants. We offer a range of high quality fuels available to buy in bulk, including red diesel, kerosene and lubricants. Our fuels are available in flexible quantities and we offer a free daily delivery service for your convenience. For more information give us a call today or visit our website to get a free quote.


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