MP supports farmers clearing snow
Local MP Andrew Bridgen has spoken in Parliament to highlight the vital role farmers are playing to keep roads clear this winter.
Andrew raised the issue of farmers being banned from using vehicles running on red diesel for clearing highways. After this intervention, a relaxation in the rules has been announced that means farmers can use non-road-worthy fuel to power their tractors when on snow clearing duty.
HM Revenue and Customs say that during extreme weather, farmers can use red diesel in their tractors to spread grit and clear snow from public roads.
The MP for North West Leicestershire says: “ I am pleased that Government has acted in this matter. This means farmers are better able to clear snow and grit to provide emergency access to schools, hospitals or communities cut off by ice and snow.
“Farmers have played a vital role in keeping our roads open and safe to drive in this tough winter, and we all owe them a debt of gratitude.”