From 1 April 2022, the permitted uses for rebated fuels, of which red diesel is one, will be significantly reduced. After this date it will be illegal to put rebated fuels in to a machine which falls outside the scope of the new regulations. Companies/operators must ensure that all red diesel either in a machine or in a storage tank must be used up by 1st April deadline.

Industries that will no longer be able to use red diesel include:
  • Logistics and haulage (including refrigeration units)
  • Construction and road maintenance
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Oil and gas extraction
  • Waste management
  • Leisure
  • Airport operations and ports
  • Manufacturing (such as ceramics, timber and steel)

Those industries/operators who are no longer permitted to use rebated fuels, will then have to use fuels (diesels/biofuels) which the full excise duty has been paid, such as white diesel. This will mean a significant increase in running costs!

The average diesel forklift working 40 hours a week can use around 100 litres of fuel.

Price of 100 litres of red diesel £132.70
Price of 100 litres of white diesel £173.68

Based on today’s fuel prices, continuing to run diesel trucks could cost you around an additional £2130 per truck per year.

With fuel costs set to rise even further in the oncoming coming months, why not speak to Forkway to see how we can help save you money of your forklift running costs?

Information Sources
RAC ,Boilerjuice, GOV Website