Independent TD Mattie McGrath has welcomed the Fuel Rebate Scheme for Road Hauliers introduced in Budget 2013 but has questioned why the Government have decided to wait until July 2013 to implement it.
“A fuel rebate for Road Hauliers is something that I have been calling for with some time and I am pleased that the Government has decided to introduce a rebate scheme but I am extremely disappointed that they have waited until July 2013 to introduce it. Road Hauliers are going out of basis every week. They cannot deal with the costs of their business and I am disappointed that the Government are going to allow more businesses to shut down before stepping in to assist.”
Deputy McGrath has said that he is also seeking clarification on the rate of rebate and whether or not the Farming and Agricultural contractors are included in this rebate scheme.
“The agricultural contractors are also being crucified by fuel prices and they need to be included in this rebate scheme. Agricultural contractors and the Farm Contractors of Ireland will play a vital role in achieving our targets for food harvest 2020.”
“I appeal to the Government to reconsider this implementation date and to make every effort to introduce this fuel rebate scheme without delay and to extend it to the Agricultural contractors if it does not already apply”. Concluded McGrath