The RYA considers that marked red diesel should continue to be available to recreational boaters in the UK for the purpose of propelling a private pleasure craft, provided that appropriate duty has been paid
The RYA wants to achieve
- Continued supply of marked ‘red’ diesel to recreational boaters
RYA has successfully
- Lobbied the government and secured the continued supply of marked ‘red’ diesel for recreational boaters for the time being.
For those not boating on the busy south or east coasts, the continued permitted use of red diesel in recreational craft was paramount to ensure the availability of diesel.
- Marked red diesel should continue to be available to recreational boaters for the purpose of propelling a private pleasure craft, provided that appropriate duty has been paid.
- Recreational boaters who have purchased marked diesel legitimately should not be penalised for the mere presence of marked diesel in their boats’ fuel tanks when visiting EU member states.
The UK Government is currently engaged in ongoing infringement proceedings with the European Commission over the UK’s continued use of marked ‘red’ diesel.
The RYA has been advised that the continued availability of marked ‘red’ diesel does not infringe the provisions of the EU Marking Directive. This advice is consistent with that contained in the letter that the RYA received in 2008 from the European Commission.
The RYA is working with British Marine and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs on this issue.
Learn more about marked diesel and EU law.
Advice on using red diesel abroad
Reminder for boaters using red diesel abroad
Belgium still a risk for UK boaters using red diesel ... read more
RYA urges local marinas to lobby Belgian Government
Update on the use of "marked" red diesel in private pleasure craft ... read more
RYA meets with Government over latest red diesel development
The crux of the matter is ensuring the continued availability of diesel for the leisure boating community. ... read more
Belgium to tolerate use of red diesel by UK boats
Visiting British leisure craft can use red diesel in Belgian waters subject to conditions. ... read more
UK Government supports recreational boaters over continued use of red diesel
Government intends to challenge the European Commission. ... read more
UK to challenge European Commission over red diesel
RYA and BMF pleased that Government has decided to challenge the Commission's Reasoned Opinion. ... read more
European Commission continues to challenge UK over red diesel
Formal request by European Commission for UK to amend legislation. ... read more
Red diesel: Government recognises RYA objection to amended declaration
Government has confirmed today that it has no intention to make it unlawful for red diesel bought in the UK to be used outside UK territorial waters ... read more
RYA and BMF meet with HMRC to discuss recent red diesel announcement
HMRC confirmed Government has no intention to make it unlawful for red diesel bought in the UK to be used outside UK territorial waters. ... read more
RYA advice on HMRC red diesel announcement
Your questions answered on the recent HMRC red diesel announcement ... read more
RYA challenges HMRC proposals
RYA clear that HMRC proposals present a real problem for recreational boaters. ... read more
RYA challenges Belgian authorities' actions in fining UK boaters.
Gus Lewis, Head of Government Affairs, tells us why the RYA is challenging the actions of the Belgian authorities. ... read more
Red Diesel: a game of two halves
A complex issue of semantics and EU law. ... read more
EC to take UK to court over red diesel
Culmination of infringement proceedings over the UK’s use of marked ‘red’ fuel. ... read more
There are two principal elements to the issue of marked 'red' diesel and EU law