New fuel markers could affect use of truck mounted platforms

The UK tax authority, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), is implementing new fuel markers with effect 1 April 2015. This means that all rebated fuel, including “red diesel” used in truck mounted mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), will have to contain the new mix of markers from that date.

IPAF understands that the new fuel marker is expected to be available in the UK at the beginning of October 2014 and that marker mix manufacturers would be in a position to provide samples of the new marker mix at the end of October and commercial quantities by November.

This means that any testing and reporting by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and users, etc. will have to take place between end October 2014, when samples of the new mix will be available, to the end of March 2015.

IPAF members whose operations could be affected by the change in fuel markers are advised to consider the potential impact and make necessary preparations for the change.

HMRC has been advising organisations of the change since mid 2013 and in February 2014, HMRC announced that the new fuel markers would be implemented within 12 to 18 months.

IPAF members wishing more information on the use of fuel markers in rebated fuel should contact IPAF technical & safety executive Chris Wraith.

Notes
1.    In the UK, fuels are charged different amounts of taxation depending on their usage.
2.    Rebated fuel, including off-road fuels for industrial/agricultural usage and red diesel for truck mounted MEWPs, is usually taxed at a lower rate.
3.    Rebated fuels contain visual dyes and other chemical markers.
4.    Similar rules apply in the Republic of Ireland and most of Europe.
5.    To prevent fuel fraud and ensure the correct use of rebated fuels, suspect fuel samples are taken and tested for compliance by the relevant law enforcement authorities, e.g. HMRC in the UK.

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