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Farmers have been given the green light to use red diesel on the roads so they can help during extreme weather.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) confirmed that farmers can use red diesel in their tractors to help grit and clear snow from public roads.

Under normal rules, any vehicle using a snow plough or similar device to clear snow from roads is entitled to use red diesel. However, only vehicles specifically built for the job are able to.

A HMRC spokesman said: “We recognise the vital role played by farmers in helping to keep rural roads clear.

“During periods of extreme weather, HMRC will adopt a pragmatic approach to the rules. This means that agricultural tractors on public roads are able to use red diesel to help communities.”