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Guide to Gas Oil

Learn more about gas oil, the low fuel duty alternative to white diesel. Read our FAQ for a detailed insight into its usage. You can also request a quote from our fuel experts by calling us on 0330 678 0880.

Learn More About Gas Oil, the Cheaper Alternative to Diesel

Whether you’re new to gas oil, or just want to learn more about how this fuel can be used. Nationwide Fuels have put together this short guide to give you insight and a better understanding of what gas oil is.

If you’re also looking for a national gas oil supplier, one that can not only supply any quantity from 500 litres through to 36,000 (or more), as well as 205-litre barrels if you do not have the storage facilities. Then speak to our knowledgeable team today by calling us on 0330 678 0880.

What is gas oil?

Gas oil is a low fuel duty variant of regular road diesel that you would typically fill your diesel-engined vehicles with when visiting a petrol filling station.

It’s typically used by industries including agricultural, industrial, construction, mining and also in generators such as backup generators for datacentres and hospitals to name but a few of the uses gas oil is put to.

Which industries use gas oil in the UK?

There are many industries which use gas oil, so it would be difficult to list them all. But there are a number of industries and uses which are more prevalent than others.

The most well-known users of gas oil are the farming industry, who make major use of gas oil in their farm vehicles such as tractors and combine harvesters for instance.

Gas oil is also used to some degree in grain dryers, but there is a better option for using in heating applications. Industrial heating oil (IHO) is a far better option for those looking for a better solution for their heating applications.

Beyond farming and agriculture, gas oil is also used by many commercial and industrial sector businesses to power machinery and other equipment, as well as for power emergency generators in locations such as datacentres and hospitals.

Which vehicles can run on gas oil?

There is often some confusion amongst people that gas oil may be a different type of fuel since it’s mostly known as a fuel for agricultural vehicles and construction vehicles including diggers and cranes.

However, they’re all operating using diesel fuel and as so, they should be interchangeable so long as you adhere to the restrictions that in place for the use of gas oil on public roads.

Is gas oil exempt from tax?

No, gas oil is not completely exempt from tax, but it is taxed at a lower rate than the white diesel you’ll commonly fill up with from the petrol filling stations.

Compared to white diesel, gas oil has a considerably lower tax attached to it. If you need to receive a tax rebate for using gas oil, you will need to fill in an HO27 form and send it to HMRC.

Is it illegal to use gas oil on public roads?

It is illegal to use gas oil on public roads. There is, however, an exception to the rule if you are a farmer and you need to use a public road to gain access to another piece of land within 1.5km, so long as it’s owned by the same owner.

Vehicles used for gritting and Farmers using their vehicles for gritting to remove frost, snow and ice are also allowed to use gas oil whilst they are gritting roads. You can find information on the HMRC to make sure you’re using gas oil legally.

What happens if I use gas oil illegally?

If HMRC finds out that you have been using gas oil illegally, they will impose a fine. In most cases, you will be forced to pay a fee for the following:

  • Returning your vehicle’s system to its previous state.
  • Cleaning of the tank so all trace of the red dye is cleared away.
  • The safe removal of the gas oil from your engine.
  • Occasionally, they will charge you the price difference between gas oil and regular white diesel (derv).

I do not use my car on public roads, can I use gas oil?

So long as your car is solely used for the purpose of being driven on private land, you should be able to use gas oil within your vehicle.

It would also be advisable to register your vehicle as off the road with a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification). This should help ensure HMRC and other authorities are clear that the car is only for off-road usage.

However, if you do not plan to register your car off the road indefinitely and you intend to use it on the road again in the future. You must make sure that the red diesel you have been using in your car is removed before topping the tank up with white/road diesel. You must not mix the fuels when taking your car back on public roads.

What can I do if I put gas oil in my car by accident?

First of all, you should ensure that your vehicle is capable of running on diesel fuel. If your vehicle is a petrol-engined vehicle, then the same advice regarding using diesel in a petrol-engined vehicle can be used. You can learn more about what to do by reading advice from the RAC and advice from the AA.

If you’ve put gas oil into your diesel-engined vehicle which you intend to use on public roads. You will need to contact HMRC right away to explain the situation to them. They will then be able to advise you on the next steps you will need to take.

What if I have gas oil I no longer need?

There are many reasons why this might happen, such as no longer requiring the gas oil fuel any longer, moving premises or even getting a new storage tank installed. Of course, there are many reasons why you may decide you no longer need gas oil or any other fuels.

Storing fuels for excessive periods of time can often lead to fuels becoming contaminated. This can then lead to any new fuels added to the storage tank also becoming contaminated. It will also likely cause issues for any vehicles or machinery which are powered by contaminated fuels.

The first thing to understand is that you need to ensure you dispose of it safely and legally. Here at Nationwide Fuels, we provide a professional fuel uplift and transfer service to help with the issue of removing fuel you no longer need.

If you’d like to discuss the removal or transfer of your old or no longer required gas oil or other fuels. Contact our knowledgeable team today to discuss your requirements by calling us on 0330 678 0880.

Is gas oil known by any other names?

Gas oil is often known by several other names which can often add to the confusion for those new to using this type of fuel. Some of the names you will have come across may include;

  • Red Diesel
  • Cherry Diesel/cherry juice
  • Agricultural Diesel
  • Tractor Diesel
  • Marine Diesel
  • Generator Diesel

Why is it called red diesel? Is it actually red?

The low fuel duty diesel known as gas oil has been around for many years, but it wasn’t until 196 that it became a requirement to add red dye and chemical markers to the fuel to distinguish it from regular road diesel

As so, the name red diesel became popular owing to the fact that red dye marker gave the fuel a distinctive red look, with regular road diesel often being referred to as white diesel as a consequence.

What will happen to the price of gas oil in 2020?

Over recent years, the price of gas oil has fluctuated a lot. This makes it very difficult to predict what will happen to its price in 2020 and beyond.

While the price of gas oil did drop on a few occasions over the past few years, it did start to increase again towards the end of the year. Early indications suggest that the price will start to stabilise as the year goes on, but this is not a certainty.

If you would like to know the latest gas oil prices, you can call our team today on 0330 678 0880 to request a quote.

Gas oil specification sheets

If you would like to know more about gas oil, take a look at our specification sheets below.

Class A2 and FAME-free Class A2 Spec Sheet
Class D Spec Sheet
EN590 Spec Sheet

Where can I buy gas oil from the in the UK?

If you’re planning to buy and use gas oil in your vehicles or machinery, finding a reliable supplier, able to deliver any quantity of fuel you require 24/7, all with competitive prices isn’t always going to be easy you may think.

Well here at Nationwide Fuels, we’re a nationwide fuel supplier with depots all across the UK. So contact our knowledgeable team today on 0330 678 0880 to learn more, request a quote or place an order today.

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