What fuel do I use in a road sweeper?. Red or white diesel?

posted in helpful advice with road sweepers on 14 May 2018

What fuel do I use in a road sweeper?. Red or white diesel? When sweepers go out on rental a very common question we get asked is "what fuel can i use in the sweeper?". Yes the sweeper is classed as plant but it is very important to remember that while operating on the highway that it will need to be taxed, have an MOT (if applicable) and have white diesel (same as what you get at the fuel pump) in the main engine.

Here below are some helpful Q&A's to help you get off to a good start when renting a road sweeper

WHAT FUEL DOES THE SWEEPER RUN ON?
All our sweepers run on diesel. If a sweeper is to be used on private premises (off the public highway), we will supply a road sweeper that runs on either white or red diesel. If the sweeper is to be used on public roads, we will supply one which runs on white diesel and is road taxed, if applicable. You will be advised which type of fuel to use on delivery. If the road sweeper has an auxillary engine (johnston truck mounted sweeper) which only powers the sweep equipment and has a separate fuel tank then this can engine always be run on red diesel as it does not power the road going equipment i.e. drives the wheels.

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE USE RED DIESEL IN A SWEEPER WHICH WAS SUPPLIED WITH WHITE DIESEL?
If we have advised you that a sweeper runs on white diesel, but is returned to us having been run on red diesel, we will apply a charge to cover the cost of replacement filters plus labour to flush the tank and fuel lines.

WHO IS LIABLE IF DVSA SPOT CHECK A SWEEPER FOR RED DIESEL?
Our sweepers are supplied using the correct fuel for a hire contract, as advised by the customer. If you use a red diesel sweeper on public roads, having advised us it was for use on private property, or if you put red diesel into a white diesel road sweeper which is taxed, you will be liable for any costs incurred as a result of a DVSA inspection. If our sweeper is confiscated as a result of the above scenarios, you will be liable for the hire charge until we can get the sweeper back from the DVSA, as well as any charges/fines applied by DVSA.

We hope this helps

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