Two speaker zones have been added to LAMMA 2022, where visitors can visit for updates on the latest industry developments and issues, as well as enjoy the opportunity to pose their questions to industry experts. .
One of the biggest draws within the program, organizers say, is set to be a daily session led by the National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on changes to the fuel discounts which were implemented in UK on 1st April.
The right to discount diesel, or red diesel, is being withdrawn from various industries as the UK government pushes for the development of cleaner, greener alternatives.
And the big change applies to vehicles used off-road. They will no longer automatically have the right to use red diesel. Instead, reimbursed fuel usage will be based entirely on vehicle usage.
Fortunately, agriculture, horticulture, forestry and fishing are among the industries that have retained the right to use red diesel.
However, the question of fuel gets a little murky for those running mixed-use businesses.
NAAC Executive Director Jill Hewitt said:
“There are two things to consider when determining if your business can use red diesel.
“The first is that any work you do is for agricultural purposes. It’s not necessarily the same as just working on farmland. The operation you are doing must benefit the land/livestock.
“You can also use reimbursed fuel in agricultural vehicles when: trimming shoulders and hedges that line a road; clear snow; chipping; and help with any cleanup following a flood.
“Secondly, once a legitimate use has been established, it is important to confirm that the vehicle you intend to use is also authorized to use red.”
To help you keep up to date with the changes and answer any questions you may have, speakers from the HMRC and NAAC Fuel Duty Policy Team will lead a session at 1pm on both days of LAMMA in one of the two new loudspeaker zones.
Other topics discussed at the show include connectivity; farm safety; used machines and getting the most out of the kit; new product developments; legislative updates; farmers’ health (mental and physical); and careers in the agricultural machinery sector.