The Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) has today, the 25th of October, welcomed the recommendations made by the Oireachtas Committee on Transport & Communications that an Essential User Fuel Rebate (EUR) should be introduced for the licensed haulage operator to facilitate the sectors continued contribution to our economic recovery.
Following protracted representation by the IRHA to Government that thousands of jobs will be lost in the New Year if there is no Government action to counteract record high fuel prices, the Association is hopeful that today's Oireachtas report - which is supported by a cross party representation of TD's - will encourage Minister Noonan to make every effort to secure the current employment levels in the sector.
The IRHA has contended that an EUR will not only benefit the indigenous haulage sector but also provide a NET gain to the exchequer as a result of the current Irish international fleet refueling in Ireland; out-of-state operators refueling in the Republic to avail of the rebate & also rendering the illegal use of green/washed fuel uneconomical in relation to the risk involved with using it.
President of the IRHA Eoin Gavin stated after this mornings launch " The publication of this report is very helpful to the plight of our industry's survival. The Association will be meeting with Minister Noonan on the 1st of November and we will be urging the Minister to act on the recommendations of the report".
Mr Gavin went on to say " This document is a work in progress and while we appreciate the time and effort put into its publication by the Committee it will be of no assistance to our sector unless the recommendation to introduce an EUR is seriously considered by Minister Noonan and ultimately implemented. The current operating conditions our members must contend with are unsustainable and we are hopeful of a considerable level of support in the forthcoming budget, otherwise our sector will continue to experience countless company closures and ultimately jobs".