The urgent need for relief for struggling Road Hauliers was raised in Dáil Éireann this week by Independent TD Mattie McGrath who appealed to the Government to introduce a pay as you work motor tax system for the Hauliers.
Deputy McGrath claimed that many of these hauliers are expected to pay €2500 and more to tax their Lorries, despite only having their Lorries on the road once or twice a week due to the fall in business. He claimed that some are now driving without tax because they simply cannot meet the payment.
“These are honest hard working people who always pay their dues but who simply cannot meet the costs. Some are being forced to take a chance and drive their Lorries without tax in order to get work so that they might be able to eventually meet their payments and put food on the table. If they refuse business because they cannot afford their tax, they will be in a much worse position with no chance of recovery because many of them are self-employed and will not receive any assistance from social welfare.” Continued McGrath.
Deputy McGrath appealed to the Government to introduce a pay as you go system of motor taxation to allow the hauliers continue trading.
“If they can pay as they work, they will not be forced to cut off their nose to spite their face. They want to work and they want to work within the law but they just can’t afford to pay huge amounts of tax on their vehicles if they are not getting the work. We need to get real about supporting small businesses. There is no point forcing more businesses out of work simply because they cannot meet pay unrealistic levels of motor tax, when they could be allowed to work and pay as they go.” Concluded McGrath