Gas oil is still heavily used in the UK. Sometimes referred to as red diesel, this particular fuel type is a rebated fuel that remains most prevalent within the agricultural industry. It is primarily employed for farming machinery and vehicles, but not for traditional road use. It can also be found in a variety of other, non-road settings. Following are several interesting facts about gas oil.
To start, although this particular fuel type is largely used in agriculture, you might find it used in certain vehicles that are operated off-land entirely. For example, you can definitely find certain types of boats that are reliant upon red diesel. These designs are gradually being phased out, however, due to the desire to protect both air and water stores and to limit the impact that this fuel is capable of having on the natural environment overall.
A lot of people who drive standard vehicles and who have never operated factory or farm equipment have never even heard of this type of fuel. This is especially true of consumers who live and work outside of the UK. Many people in other developed regions will go their whole lives without hearing about it or using it at all.
White and red diesel are hardly one and the same. In fact, there are many ways in which these two fuel types different apart from their dramatically different colors. Red diesel is cheaper than the distinctively white fuel that it is often confused with. Moreover, red diesel is also a lot cheaper to boy.
Red fuel has its own specification, which was only recently assigned. The duty or tax for this fuel can be low or high depending upon the way in which it is being employed and the specific industry or application in which it is being used. These differences in taxation exist in order to discourage certain types of use so that industries with other alternatives can seek out fuel sources that are significantly more environmentally-friendly.
Another reason for dramatic differences in taxes or duty is that certain forms of higher taxation are meant to offset the noticeable effects of usage in particular areas. Higher taxes can be implemented as a means for mitigating higher clean-up costs. Thus, more than just an incentive to seek out other, greener fuel sources, these charges can make it easier for municipalities to affordably limit the impact of use.
Surprisingly, this fuel can actually be used as a heat source for large compounds and commercial buildings. Many companies prefer this source of heat given just how easy it is to transport. Moreover, for industries in which taxation is moderate, this can actually be a very cost-effective solution to a company’s ongoing heating needs.
The most common applications for this fuel type include tractors, mowers, plows and other forms of power farm equipment. This oil must be placed in special tans that have meters and filling hoses that have been designed to work safely and seamlessly together. This is vital for allowing safe transfer during the filling of all dependent machinery and equipment.