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Red diesel move will 'only raise £1 million'

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HM REVENUE and Customs' plan to withdraw the right of owners of vehicle-mounted access platforms to discounted red diesel will only raise around £1 million in extra revenue, claims the International Powered Access Federation.

The federation wants vehicle mounts to be classified in the same way as cranes, which are treated as Excepted Vehicles.

IPAF managing director Tim Whiteman said that the Federation was consulting its members in a bid to calculate the extent of fuel use on and off road.

He said: 'We believe the pattern of usage is similar to cranes.' Mr Whiteman added: 'There is a danger that platforms will be put at a competitive disadvantage to other forms of access.

'It also runs counter to all the campaigns the Health and Safety Executive has been running for work at height.'