No red diesel fines in Belgium
Fines for Uk-registered boats with red diesel in their tanks will continue to be suspended indefinitely in Belgium.
The Cruising Association (CA) received confirmation of the move from the Belgian Finance Office but stressed that 100% fuel duty must still be paid on all red diesel purchased before a trip to Belgium. Receipts proving payment must also be kept for Customs.
The Finance Office said: ‘This removes any remaining uncertainty for the members and other yachtsmen and women who wish to make the crossing from the east coast or channel ports to Belgium. This status quo to the agreement will not change, without warning, on behalf of the boating community in the UK,’ concluded the notice.
Last year, the CA urged cruisers to boycott the country after an English sailor was fined €500 for having traces of red diesel in the fuel tank of his Hunter Channel 31.
UK boaters can now cruise Belgium without fear of red diesel fines