Time to ditch red diesel
Am I alone in my attitude to red diesel?
I very much doubt it. A great deal of effort and print has been devoted to this issue. I have to say, if people are really using 40% (the generally accepted ‘fair’ proportion) of their diesel on heating, most boats would have melted away by now. And how much does the lower tax rate on 40% of a tank re-fill really save you? Is it enough that someone wealthy enough to own a boat would begrudge paying it to support those that do not even have a home? It really can’t be. Personally, I always insist on paying full duty (I cannot justify the tax deduction, since my heating so rarely works!) and keeping a receipt to prove it.
The various battles with, in particular, Belgium, but also France and Holland, over recent years, are a small taste of what will be happening once the UK leaves the EU, when there will no longer even be a legitimate forum in which to discuss it. We will likely all be fined at every port we enter, at the very least pour encourager les autres, not to mention the simple spite that the rest of Europe seems to have in store for us Brits across a wide front post-brexit.
Let’s face facts and convert all marina fuel supplies to white diesel at full rate and move on from this tedious, and soon to be very expensive, debate.
Red Diesel will be an even more contentious issue post-brexit