Red Diesel Law Changes What It Means For Your Generator


Under the new regulations, generators running on red diesel fuel must be registered with HM Revenue & Customs and use it exclusively for approved uses. This includes industrial or agricultural purposes such as powering equipment, heating, drying and construction activities. Generators that are powered by red diesel can no longer be used to supply energy to domestic households, and will now require a permit in order to do so.

Furthermore, if your generator is powered by red diesel then you must ensure that you have the correct documentation at all times and are compliant with the law when it comes to storing and transporting your fuel. The failure to comply with the law could result in heavy fines from HMRC or even prosecution.

To make sure you remain compliant with the law, you should take all reasonable steps to ensure that your generator is not being misused and only used for authorised activities as stipulated in the regulations. This means keeping detailed records of usage and accounting for any losses through spills or leaks, among other measures.

Finally, you may wish to consider using an alternative fuel such as white diesel instead of red diesel where possible. Doing this could help reduce the administrative burden associated with operating a generator powered by red diesel while still meeting your energy requirements.

Under the new legislation, all generators using red diesel will have to be registered with HM Revenue and Customs and fitted with an Automatic Tank Gauge (ATG). An ATG is an electronic device which tracks the level of red diesel being used by a generator and can send information to HMRC about usage patterns. This allows HMRC to ensure that those using red diesel are not breaking any laws or evading tax payments.

In addition to the requirement for an ATG, users of red diesel generators must now also comply with certain restrictions on when they are allowed to use their generator. Generators using red diesel are now only permitted to be operated during normal working hours or while they are being attended by an authorized operator. Additionally, these machines must be shut down during nighttime hours unless they are running on natural gas. Finally, emissions levels must also be regularly monitored and recorded in order to remain compliant with environmental standards set out by government bodies.

The introduction of these new rules may require some adjustment for generator owners but should help create a fairer system for all users of red diesel generators and ensure compliance with taxation and emission laws. With careful consideration given to the use of this type of fuel, generators should still be able to provide power reliably while complying with these new requirements.

  1. Your generator must comply with the new regulations, which require red diesel to be labelled as ‘road diesel’ or ‘diesel for motor vehicles’ when sold and used in the United Kingdom.
  2. Red diesel may only be used in generators and off-road vehicles such as tractors, boats, or construction machinery; it must not be used in any on-road vehicles (e.g., cars, vans, trucks).

  1. Any use of red diesel that is not allowed by law can result in penalties or other enforcement action taken by authorities.

  1. You should ensure your generator has the necessary labeling that identifies it as running on ‘road diesel’ or ‘diesel for motor vehicles’.

  1. All paperwork relating to the purchase of red diesel should indicate that it is for off-road use only and any person purchasing the fuel should do so from a reputable source that adheres to relevant laws.

  1. In addition to complying with these new regulations, you should also take measures to prevent fuel theft, such as installing fuel locks and security alarms on generators or storage tanks, and keep accurate records of all transactions involving red diesel purchases. To know more on red diesel law changes, contact us.