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Red diesel

The Court of Justice of the European Union has found against the UK in Case 503/17 and has ruled that the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has failed to fulfil its obligations under Council Directive 95/60/EC of 27 November 1995 on fiscal marking of gas oils and kerosene (OJ 1995 L 291, p. 46). This means that, while the UK remains subject to the Fuel Marker Directive, the UK must bring its practices into line with this ruling. (See latest updates below)

HMRC is examining the judgment and will announce how and when the UK will adjust its practices in due course.

The RYA’s Cruising, Legal and Government Affairs team is analysing the full impact for our 112,000 members and the recreational boating community and will work to ensure the continued availability of diesel for the leisure boating community.

Should you have any difficulties with red diesel abroad please contact us ( or telephone 023 8060 4232).  


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