Can we run our vehicle on red deisel?

The Question

Dear Sir,

after contacting VOSA, and I couldnt find anything on the VOSA Website, i have been given your email - i am trying to find out the legal stance for my husbands business to ensure we are legal and working to the law with our agricultural vehicles.

we are farmers and foresters and we are in the process of purchasing a Fastrac Tractor, and want to ensure we are complying with legislation;

our business is felling timber for ourselves on Foresty Commission Land where a normal lorry has no access (this is why we get the jobs!) we need to bring the timber back to our yard, we shall be travelling no more than 25 miles to the forest and no more than 25 miles back to our yard at ********. We have a braked trailer, which we have weighed, it with a similar tractor weighs 12t total tare, we propose to load no more than 10-12 tonne on it totalling 24t gross.

My question to you is : are we legal to carry this weight, can we use our tractor on Red Diesel for this? what if we travel further? and what, if other legislation do we need to be aware of .

thanking you in advance for your responses

The DVSA's Answer

I refer to your e – mail of 22 January, concerning the above. Please accept my apologies for the considerable delay in replying.

Fastrack tractors

I attach a copy of our guidance on these vehicles - which you will find useful. EDIT: NO ATTACHMENT INCLUDED

Red diesel

You hacve asked about red diesel. For definitive information on this, you should contact your local branch of HM Revenue & Customs.

I should point out that this is in VOSA’s view and does not constitute legal opinion.

I hope that the information given above has been of some help. If you have any further queries, do not hesitate to contact me. Once again, please accept my apologies for the delay in sending a full reply.


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