rya seeks gov­ern­ment as­sur­ances on red diesel after Bel­gian fines

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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

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