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Truck mounted platforms allowed to use red diesel

2006/03/23

Truck mounted platforms will not be banned from using Red Diesel following representations to the Treasury by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF). Information released in yesterday's budget reveals that plans to exclude truck mounted platforms from the list of vehicles with "Excepted" status have been dropped.

"We are delighted that the Treasury has responded to the high level of concern voiced by our members following the initial proposal," said Tim Whiteman, IPAF managing director. Documents prepared by IPAF had emphasised the fact that truck mounted platforms make incidental use of the highways and highlighted the potential safety hazard of making this form of work at height more expensive than other alternatives.

Under the changes released by The Treasury yesterday, there will be amendments to the Excepted Vehicle Schedule relating to Hydrocarbon Oils which will come into effect on 1 April 2007. These will see mobile cranes, truck mounted access platforms and mobile pump concrete pumps with a revenue weight exceeding 3.5 tonnes allowed to use Red Diesel.

From 1 April 2007, the Road Construction Category will be removed and the exception for street lighting van mounts goes with it. Therefore with effect from 1 April 2007, all van mounted platforms (and indeed small vehicle mounted platforms under 3.5 tonnes) must run on white diesel.

The final detail of the measures is subject to the drafting of a Treasury Order and a Partial Regulatory Impact Assessment for which IPAF has committed to provide additional information.

"We welcome the constructive discussions that we and our colleagues at the CPA (Construction Plant-Hire Association) were able to hold with representatives of HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) who have clearly indicated their willingness to listen to industry by amending the initial proposals," said Whiteman.

CURRENT SITUATION

Until 1 April 2007, IPAF's policy on the situation remains unchanged, as outlined in a previous news item. Click here for a full summary.

<media 38 _blank download>Notice 75, Fuel for road vehicles, December 2002</media> (Document from HMRC on red diesel)

Pre-Budget Report: Changes to the Schedule of Excepted Vehicles, PBRN 22, 6 December 2006

<media 515 _blank download>Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) - Hydrocarbon oil duty: Changes to Excepted Vehicle Schedule</media>

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