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Haulage chief ‘can’t rule out’ protests over emission goals

THE Ennis-based President of the Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) has said protests by his members cannot be ruled out, in the coming weeks, over proposed cuts to the emissions of the transport sector. Eugene Drennan said that while the haulage industry accepted the need for change, members are now “at breaking point”. Mr Drennan’s association expressed alarm at some of the proposals recently agreed by The Climate Change Advisory Council. Under the ‘climate budget’ agreed on Bank Holiday Monday, emissions must drop by 95 million tonnes between 2021 and 2030. The blueprint outlines steps to meet the government’s target of cutting emissions in more than half by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050. “We have already contributed €73 million in Carbon Tax last year,” Mr Drennan said. “We’ll contribute over a €100 million next year. We’ve been paying carbon taxes now for about five years and fuel is already taxed to the hilt here.” He added that IRHA members …

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Budget disappointment for hauliers

THE Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) has expressed its deep disappointment that no change to commercial vehicle road tax was announced in this year’s budget. Commenting after the budget announcement, president of the IRHA, Eoin Gavin stated, “The association and its members are dismayed as to why Government has totally ignored the HGV road tax differential between Ireland and the rest of Europe. There was not even a mention of the importance of the sector in the Minister’s comments.” In order to prevent a further increase in the number of vehicles ‘reflagging’ to other jurisdictions, the IRHA is now calling on the Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe and the Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly to immediately intervene in order to protect jobs in the sector. Mr Gavin went on to state, “It is extremely disappointing and this will result in a significant number of vehicles registering to other jurisdictions where operating costs are more favourable. The available data over …

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