The Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) has reiterated its call for an Essential User Rebate, as a time when government has committed to injecting a further 36 million subvention into CIE to protect public transport services.
The a statement issued to the media this week the IRHA said: Like CIE, Irish hauliers are not immune to increasing fuel costs. Urgency is required on a Government decision in relation to an Essential User Fuel Rebate for the haulage industry. The Irish Road Haulage Association has spent the last 12 months in talks with Government and the Department of Finance in trying to find a workable solution to this escalating problem.
A fuel rebate on Excise Duty will have no cost to the exchequer, as Irish haulier s struggling with fuel costs, are currently purchasing their fuel elsewhere in Europe availing of fuel rebates in other EU countries.
1,400 haulage companies have gone out of business in the last two years and the rate of attrition is not slowing down. A rebate needs to be introduced or Ireland s export led economy will grind to a halt.