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Hirers seek exemption from diesel red tape


THE Construction Plant-hire Association and the Hire Association Europe are looking to make hire firms exempt from registering all their diesel deliveries for Customs and Excise.

The CPA and HAE are hoping to take advantage of the campaign by the Cabinet Office to reduce red tape and bureaucracy in order to gain a full exemption from the Registered Dealers In Controlled Oil scheme.

Currently hirers of non-operated kit are required to file monthly records of the fuel they have used and to keep on file what they are putting into each item of equipment.

As Customs and Excise did not originally realise that the hire industry would come under the auspices of the RDCO scheme, which was introduced for large users to cut down on red diesel fraud, the CPA believes that there is a good case for having hire companies exempted from what it sees as unnecessary bureaucracy.