Clear Message on the Use of Red Diesel at Agricultural Shows

Joint News release with NFU

NFU Scotland and NFU have worked with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to clarify the use of red diesel at agricultural shows.

Farmers and growers will now be able to legitimately use red diesel in machines such as tractors and telehandlers for travelling to, from and participating in agricultural, horticultural or forestry events; educating and developing skills within the industries; and promoting the industries to the general public.

The rules will let farmers and growers take part in events such as local ploughing matches and use their machinery for activities including setting up their local show.

However, HMRC notes that travel should not generally exceed 15 miles and the use of the rebated fuel must not be for the commercial gain of the owner of the vehicle.

In a joint statement NFU Scotland and NFU said: “This clarification is a welcome and significant development and will ease some of the confusion and the frustration for members that has surrounded these issues in the past.”  

Notes to Editors

  • NFU Scotland and NFU England and Wales sought clarification on the use of red diesel in agricultural vehicles being used at agricultural events.   This followed the presence of HMRC staff at a number of shows and events last year where rules around the legitimate use of rebated fuel in vehicles to set up such events were unclear.


Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006

Date Published:

News Article No.: 105/10

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