FTMTA News 7th September 2015

Ultra Low Sulpur Diesel

As mentioned previously, all diesel supplied for use in agricultural tractors since Mach 31st, 2011 must meet the standards that are generally described as ultra low sulphur diesel (ULSD).

The Association continues to receive reports that users in some parts of the country are having difficulty obtaining the correct fuel. Under the relevant regulations, only ULSD should be supplied by fuel distributors to customers where the fuel is intended for use by what are termed non-road mobile machinery which includes agricultural machinery such as tractors, harvesters and loaders etc.

Farmers and contractors should ensure that they are being supplied with the correct fuel and should make it clear to their suppliers that the fuel is required for agricultural use and that the supplier may be held liable for any issues arising from the supply of an incorrect fuel. The manufacturers of some models of tractors state clearly that only ULSD is to be used in the machines and a failure to do so may invalidate warranties. All suppliers of fuel should be willing to specify the grade of fuel supplied on the delivery docket and invoice.

The position is very clear – fuel suppliers can legally only supply ultra low sulphur diesel for use in mobile agricultural machinery and such fuel is the only fuel that can legally be used in such machinery.

Be a part of a stronger farm machinery industry – join the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association – contact FTMTA at 045 409309               or membership@ftmta.ie for details.

 

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