No red diesel fines in Bel­gium

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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

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