IRHA briefs TDs on fuel rebate proposal | HGV Ireland
The Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) has briefed Dail Deputies on its proposals for the introduction of an Essential User Rebate scheme for the licensed, tax compliant road haulage industry.
Deputies were presented with detailed analysis of the various benefits, which would be derived from a fuel rebate mechanism.
The IRHA highlighted the revenue that would result from Irish international hauliers refuelling their vehicles in Ireland as opposed to abroad.
It also pointed out the benefits of tank tourism that could be gained from foreign operators refuelling in Ireland in order to avail of the fuel rebate.
The scheme would also reduce the temptation on some hauliers to operate on washed / green fuel which is rampant in the industry at present.
The IRHA says the Exchequer would get a net gain of 213 million annually if it introduced a fuel rebate for the road haulage industry.
IRHA president Eoin Gavin commented: We are very happy with the level of support received from Dail deputies at our presentation today. They understand the extreme difficulties the industry is facing in the present climate and the benefit to the State should a fuel rebate be implemented,
He added: We are hopeful that Minister Noonan will identify the numerous benefits related to our proposal and in turn implement a fuel rebate mechanism in order to support the 50, 000 jobs associated with the road transport industry.