Relaxation of gritting rules

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Farmers will be allowed to use red diesel in their tractors to help grit and clear snow from public roads during extreme weather.

Normally any vehicle used to clear snow from public roads using a snow plough is entitled to use red diesel but only specialist vehicles can use use red diesel while gritting public roads.

HM Revenue and Customs said it recognised the ‘vital role’ played by farmers in helping to keep rural roads clear and would adopt a pragmatic approach to the rules during extreme weather.