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Eoin Gavin Briefs the Irish Government (Dáil)

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DailThe Irish Road Haulage Association today, the 5th of July,provided Dail deputies with a detailedpresentation on the merits of introducing a fuel rebate scheme for the licensed, tax compliant road haulage industry.

Deputies were presented with detailed analysis of the various benefits which would be derived from a fuel rebate mechanism, in particular; Irish international hauliers refuelling their vehicles in Ireland as opposed to abroad, ‘tank tourism’ gained from foreign operators refuelling in Ireland in order to avail of the fuel rebate and by reducing the temptation to operate on washed/green fuel which is rampant in the industry at present. The IRHA has attributed a NET gain of €213mn to the exchequer through the associated benefits of introducing a fuel rebate for the road haulage industry.

Speaking after the presentation President of the IRHA Mr Eoin Gavin stated ‘We are very happy with the level of support received from Dail deputies at our presentation today. They understand the extreme difficulties the industry is facing in the present climate and the benefit to the State should a fuel rebate be implemented”. Mr Gavin went on to state “we are hopeful that Minister Noonan will identify the numerous benefits related to our proposal and in turn implement a fuel rebate mechanism in order to support the 50, 000 jobs associated with the road transport industry”.