Fianna Fáil Cllr John Carroll, says action must be taken now to ensure the Irish haulage industry doesn’t collapse.
Deputy Carroll was reacting to the announcement that haulage company Target Express is to cease trading with the loss of almost 400 jobs.
“The Government continues to sit idly by and watch the Irish haulage industry disintegrate. They need to immediately bring forward legislative measures to safeguard the industry,” said Cllr Carroll.
“The collapse of Target Express is a clear signal to the Government that Irish haulage sector is in a state of crisis. We now know that nearly 20% of haulage companies have gone out of business since 2010 representing 5,000 jobs losses.
“Fianna Fáil will be publishing legislative proposals in the forthcoming Dáil session to implement a fuel rebate scheme for haulage companies together with a mechanism to address the impact of laundered fuel.
“The industry is under attack, its collapse would severely impact on our competitiveness internationally. It would also be hugely problematic transporting goods within Ireland and between Ireland and our important overseas markets, especially during the winter months due to the adverse weather conditions.
“This is too important an industry to ignore and we do not want to see more companies like Target Express fall by the wayside.”