The current "consultation" by HMRC is a sham, as they have already stated their preferred outcome within the document. There are also glaring mistakes or non-sequiturs within the paper, starting with the assertion that "EC law" does not allow different rates to be charged on the same fuel for different users. As "red" diesel will continue to be used by farmers cluttering up the roads with their machinery, fishermen dropping badly marked lobster pots in the channel and houses will continue to be heated by it, then there is no way that this "law" can be applied unless all users pay the full duty. The reason that they do not (and should not) is that they do not (except the farmers) use the roads, which is the alleged reason for the higher rate of duty.
Once the new duty is in place, we will pay higher rates on fuel at the marina than are charged at Asda. This is because our fuel will pay the higher "environmental" levy as it is not low sulphur, also there is less competition. Presumably our receipts will no longer be stamped "not for road use" as the tax will have been payed? And we can then use the red in our cars quite legally? Or heating oil? Well maybe not that last one. Well not legally anyway.
Seriously, what can we now do to stop this nonsense?