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Old 29 October 2003, 07:54   #11
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To be honest Richard, I can't see the chancellor pouring on TAX on the red stuff.

It may rise a few percent, but both industries that use this stuff (fishing and farming) are already under massive pressure, he would be signing the go-ahead for another fuel campaign if he did.

I can't see them bringing in another grade to separate the Argi use from the marine either.

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Old 29 October 2003, 08:23   #12
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Gordon *@!$#&* Brown

He's busy preparing to tax you on everything else, so why not give in to red diesel?

He needs to identify additional sources of revenue, and hit non-labour voting sectors.

Looks like stamp duty on house purchases might rise (and that'll be a politically risk one) so don't expect him to hold any affection for leisure boaters. Especially when under pressure from Brussels. And this isn't technically raising tax on red diesel, just ending an exemption.
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Old 29 October 2003, 08:31   #13
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So I guess the Chancellor (can't think of anything else to call him which won't get me reported to JK!!) will just mandate that pleasure craft must not use Red Diesel. Is that about right?

I guess it will need more infrastructure (pumps etc), although I guess that most ports/marinas only deal with one type of craft or another (pleasure/commercial) and if they deal with both then they would probably have more than 1 pump and tank - so unfortunately it might not be that difficult to implement it.

Mind you, policing it will probably cost more than the revenue they'd get in tax......but hey, that's FAR too logical for politics.........

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That would be an interesting one! My new RIB (well, soon to be) is MCA cat3, does that mean I'm commercial or pleasure?

That would be put a spanner in the works, you'll get hundreds of people registering for MCA certificates, what's the basic one, cat5?

Anyway, doesn't bother me, ramp up the price on Diesel, I pay enough for my petrol!!

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How would they Police the red diesel in pleasure craft? I guess they would have the red diesel police dip testing tanks!!
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