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Annual average price of red diesel in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2003 to 2017*
(British pence per liter)
Average price of red diesel in the United Kingdom (UK) 2003-2017
Red diesel prices rose in 2017 for the first time in five years. On average, buyers had to pay 50.2 pence per liter of red Diesel in the United Kingdom in 2017. The average price had risen by 52.4 pence between 2003 and 2012, before once again falling to 2017’s figures.

What is red diesel?

Red diesel is the same fuel as regular or white diesel. The fuel is heavily rebated and only to be used for agricultural, construction, and forestry purposes. It powers off-road vehicles and machinery in these industries and is not legal for use in road vehicles. A red dye is added to distinguish it from regular diesel. Red diesel has a lower tax rate to allow the above-mentioned industries to operate at a profit.

Regular diesel prices

One can surmise how much the different tax rate matters when we look at regular diesel prices. The lowest average price for white diesel in the past few years was 101 pence per liter in February of 2016. In March 2019 it was 132 pence. Compared to the regional differences in white diesel price, the price difference between the red and white variants is significantly higher. For more information on the fossil fuel industry in the UK visit our topic page here.
Annual average price of red diesel in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2003 to 2017*
(British pence per liter)
British pence per liter
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Source

Release date

June 2018

Region

United Kingdom (Scotland)

Survey time period

2003 to 2017

Supplementary notes

* Data for 2017 is provisional.

Average price of red diesel in the United Kingdom (UK) 2003-2017
Red diesel prices rose in 2017 for the first time in five years. On average, buyers had to pay 50.2 pence per liter of red Diesel in the United Kingdom in 2017. The average price had risen by 52.4 pence between 2003 and 2012, before once again falling to 2017’s figures.

What is red diesel?

Red diesel is the same fuel as regular or white diesel. The fuel is heavily rebated and only to be used for agricultural, construction, and forestry purposes. It powers off-road vehicles and machinery in these industries and is not legal for use in road vehicles. A red dye is added to distinguish it from regular diesel. Red diesel has a lower tax rate to allow the above-mentioned industries to operate at a profit.

Regular diesel prices

One can surmise how much the different tax rate matters when we look at regular diesel prices. The lowest average price for white diesel in the past few years was 101 pence per liter in February of 2016. In March 2019 it was 132 pence. Compared to the regional differences in white diesel price, the price difference between the red and white variants is significantly higher. For more information on the fossil fuel industry in the UK visit our topic page here.
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