White Diesel/DERV Storage, Specifications, Rules & Regulations
From daily commutes and cross-country travel to distribution and haulage, here in the UK we rely on white diesel (or DERV) to keep us moving. However, while you may be used to filling up your vehicle at the forecourt, you may not be familiar with the specifications of this fuel, or how to store it. In this guide, we cover the UK rules surrounding DERV storage, the specifications of white diesel and the sectors and industries that can use this type of fuel, from commercial to domestic uses.
Is white diesel illegal?
With the changes surrounding red diesel regulations and it's uses, many people are confused about if these rules also apply to white diesel. However, we can confirm that white diesel was not included in the April 2022 legislation, there are no changes to how it can be used and DERV remains legal for use in vehicles, engines, generators and domestic boilers.
However, there are two dates that DERV users should remember: 2030 and 2050. This is because the government will be banning the sale of all new diesel and petrol vehicles by the year 2030. Additionally, the government has outlined its net zero targets for 2050 and as such, is eager for individuals and businesses to begin using alternative fuels or future fuels. Here at Your NRG, we supply gas to liquid (GTL) and hydrogenated or hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) fuels to commercial enterprises across the UK. We’re passionate about helping businesses and individuals to lower their carbon footprint and ultimately, help to stop climate change.
Does white diesel go off?
When stored correctly, white diesel has a shelf life of around one year. After this point, the quality of DERV can start to decrease, leading to the formation of microbes and sludge, which can reduce its performance and efficiency. As such, we recommend checking your oil storage at regular intervals and investing in regular tank maintenance.
Can you put white diesel in a tractor or digger?
White diesel has a number of uses. In addition to being the most commonly used fuel to power cars, vans, motorbikes and lorries on the road, DERV can also be used in a range of industries, including agriculture. As such, white diesel, or road diesel, can also be in vehicles such as diggers and tractors.
In April 2022, new legislation was introduced that prevents a range of sectors from using red diesel. You can find out more about red diesel regulations on our advice hub. As such, businesses in these industries must now use alternative fuels, including white diesel. However, sectors including agriculture, rail and non-commercial heating can continue to use red diesel. For more information read our article about the gas oil duty change.
White diesel in construction: usage and regulation
The construction industry was one of the sectors affected by the red diesel regulations changes introduced in April 2022. These new rules mean rebated red diesel can no longer be used to power construction vehicles or equipment - this is now a fineable offence.
In order to comply with this legislation, construction companies must switch to an alternative diesel. DERV offers a quick and hassle-free way to switch to an alternative fuel. However, if you’re looking for a greener solution, HVO and GTL can help to reduce emissions by up to 90%. Here at Your NRG, we’ve already invested in future fuels and we’re committed to helping make business operations greener.
Can I use white diesel instead of red? Can red and white diesel be mixed?
As white diesel has the same chemical makeup as red diesel, it can be used to power the same engines, vehicles and equipment. In theory, this means you can mix red and white diesel. However, as outlined in the April 2022 legislation, red diesel is now prohibited for certain industries and using this fuel on public roads is against the law.
Advice on white diesel storage and white diesel legislation
Do you have any further questions about white diesel/DERV? Would you like to know more about its specifications? With more than 15 years’ experience supplying fuels across the UK, you can rely on our knowledgeable team to answer all of your storage-related queries. Get in touch with our specialists today, fill in our form to receive an online quote in seconds, or alternatively explore our white diesel articles on our advice hub.