Publication of the outcomes to the HM Treasury Red Diesel Consultation on 3rd March 2021 outlined that Northern Ireland would be changing to white diesel use for private craft from June 2021.
This immediately raised concerns for local boaters in Northern Ireland and a number of clarifications have been sought with HM Treasury and HMRC on the implementation of this by RYA and RYANI. RYANI also wrote to the DAERA Minister, highlighting the issue, however this has been clarified as an issue for HMRC.
Following ongoing engagement, RYA Northern Ireland welcomes a number of subsequent clarifications from HM Treasury and HMRC on the changes that are addressed in our FAQ document. The UK Government has recognised the concerns raised and that the original implementation date of June was simply not possible. The postponed move to 1 October 2021 will help ensure activity over the main summer season is to wholly adversely impacted and allow suppliers more time in order to switch to the necessary infrastructure.
Summary of key changes
Full guidance, including how to prepare for the change, evidencing fuel in tanks and requirements to claim discounted diesel from registered suppliers is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/fuel-duty-changes-for-private-pleasure-craft-in-northern-ireland-that-use-diesel