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Customs agrees to simplify red diesel registration


THE CONSTRUCTION industry has won a series of concessions from Customs and Excise for the recording of red diesel in its Registered Dealers in Controlled Oil Scheme.

Following a meeting with hirers and contractors last week, Customs has agreed to simplify the recording process for hirers to reduce the administrative burden on those making regular deliveries of diesel to sites, whether in bowsers or in filledup machines.

It has confirmed that all nonoperated hirers need to register, although significantly it will not be compulsory for anyone with solely operated plant, as they are considered the final users of the red diesel.

However, it has been suggested that they should explain this to their fuel suppliers to avoid any difficulties in obtaining fuel without an RDCO number.

For incoming deliveries, hirers have to retain the invoices and delivery notes from their supplier. But rather than recording the VAT number and other detailed customer information for every single transaction, hirers now have to keep only simple records of fuelling and refuelling for each item of plant, which must be identified by a fleet or registration number.

It will not be compulsory to record the quantity of diesel used to fill each item but the Construction Plant-hire Association says it is advisable to do so for company security.

Hirers will still have to file monthly returns but these need to contain only total quantities of diesel drawn from the tank and the number of fill-ups.