rya seeks government assurances on red diesel after Belgian fines
The RYA has welcomed assurances from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) that the department will strive to defend the UK stance on red diesel as the Committee on Excise Duties and Indirect Tax Expert Group (attended by all 28 EU states) prepared to consider the issue in mid-September 2017. The meeting comes after British boat owners were fined in Belgium for having traces of red diesel in their tanks (see PBO news, September 2017 issue). These issues were the subject of a ‘productive’ discussion between HMRC, Craig Mackinlay MP, the RYA, and the Cruising Association.
RYA Cruising Manager, Stuart Carruthers, said: ‘The UK Government and the European Commission have been in discussions over the continued availability of marked ‘red’ diesel for use in private pleasure craft in the UK for several years. We will continue to actively lobby on this matter, working closely with HMRC, and will keep boaters informed.’
An EU committee on Excise Duty met in mid-September 2017