Can You Buy Red Diesel, the off road Alternative to White Diesel?

What many people don’t know is that red diesel is exactly the same as white diesel, the only difference is the dye that has been added to differentiate the two.

People who buy red Diesel are only permitted to use it for of road vehicles as it is taxed at a much lower rate and would be illegal to use it as ordinary Diesel to fuel your car.

The reason Red Diesel is cheaper than white diesel is because it is taxed less. The reason it is taxed less is because it is only made for usage on off- road vehicles.

It is important to note however that a recent change in the law allows tractors to buy red diesel and use the roads as long as they are helping with gritting.

Who is permitted to use and buy red diesel?

Red Diesel is used for tractors and diggers mainly but is also used for horticultural equipment and agricultural machinery. Other uses for red diesel can also be for earth moving machinery such as piling and drilling equipment, cranes, generators and industrial heating / cooling equipment.

Fuelbox supply’s only the best quality emergency red diesel to all of our customers and we hope this blog has helped you identify whether you are eligible to use and buy red diesel fuel or not.


September 22, 2015