Will the Ban on Red Diesel Cause More Fuel Theft?
March 14, 2022
High Performance Plant Machinery, Mini Diggers, Security, Construction, Commercial or DIY, Tilbury
The phasing out of red diesel except for certain uses from 1st April 2022 will affect many people, especially those in the construction industry. Users of red diesel have in the past, benefited from a tax rebate system. This form of diesel will soon be banned for most, as part of the UK government’s drive to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The change will prove more expensive for some, as ordinary diesel is taxed at the full rate. Red diesel can still be used, but only for applications related to horticulture, forestry or agriculture. It can only be used on roads to travel between areas of land occupied by the same person at a distance of less than 1.5 kilometres.
These changes have already caused a rise in fuel theft, especially from heavy plant equipment at construction sites. Diggers, dumpers, rollers etc are sitting ducks, as they are often left onsite overnight and at weekends. Theft from construction sites has long been a thorn in the side of the industry, and one that is both costly and inconvenient. The perpetrators range from opportunists to organised gangs, as taking valuable machinery can be very lucrative.
There was an escalation in this kind of crime during Covid, as building projects were put on hold across the country during the various lockdowns. The industry has enough on its plate lately such as the problems with supply of materials and the skills shortage. Fuel thefts are responsible for millions of pounds lost each year for the commercial sector, and this is set to worsen.
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