Nenagh-based Independent councillor Hughie McGrath has called on the Government to comprehensively engage with the Irish Road Haulage Association and address their legitimate concerns over the relative high tax level for trucks in Ireland.
“The Irish Road Haulage Industry employs upto 50,000 people in the Ireland. I have met with a number of Tipperary-based hauliers in recent weeks and I understand the high tax level which the Government is imposing on Irish hauliers is strangling their business.
“Given our island status, we need to ensure that the Irish Hauliers are put on a competitive footing to enable our goods on services be distributed to other markets.
“I had hoped that the Government would have addressed in the Budget the anomaly that haulage companies in the Republic of Ireland are at a significant competitive disadvantage to haulage companies in the UK, including the North of Ireland.
“Irish Haulage companies pay up to €4,000 to tax every six axle truck as compared to just over €800 per truck in the UK and Northern Ireland. In addition, Irish hauliers have to pay a tax of €10 per day for Irish trucks using UK roads, but there is no corresponding charge here in Ireland,” said Cllr McGrath.
“The Government seems all over the place on this issue, and no Minister is taking responsibility for the issue. I am calling on the local Government Deputies to ask the Minister for Finance to deal with this issue in the forthcoming Finance Bill.
“Not alone is the Government facilitating haulage companies outside the Republic of Ireland to be more competitive, but it is also making it more difficult for Irish companies get their products and services to our export markets.
“The Government must stop passing the book from one Minister to another and get the Minister for Finance to deal with this issue immediately,” stated Cllr McGrath.