Friday, July 27, 2012

Road Haulage Representatives Persist in Demand for Fuel Rebate for Freight Carriers

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IRELAND – The sore subject of illegal fuel is still top of the freight carriers agenda this month following a detailed presentation by the Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) to the Dail deputies of a 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 and ‘tank tourism’ gained from foreign operators refuelling in Ireland in order to avail themselves 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, meanwhile the government has committed to injecting more than €36 million into public Irish transport company CIÉ to help with its financial difficulties and protect public transport services. An IRHA media statement was once again emphatic in the organisation’s intent that a rebate be introduced saying:

“Like CIÉ, Irish hauliers are not immune to increasing fuel costs. Urgency is required on a Government decision in relation to an essential user fuel rebate for the haulage industry. The Irish Road Haulage Association has spent the last 12 months in talks with Government and the Department of Finance in trying to find a workable solution to this escalating problem.

“A fuel rebate on Excise Duty will have no cost to the exchequer, as Irish haulier’s struggling with fuel costs, are currently purchasing their fuel elsewhere in Europe availing themselves of fuel rebates in other EU countries. 1,400 haulage companies have gone out of business in the last two years and the rate of attrition is not slowing down. A rebate needs to be introduced or Ireland’s export led economy will grind to a halt.”

Photo: The use of filtering and bleaching agents to corrupt green diesel (in Ireland) and red diesel (in the UK) has been a profitable, and illegal, sideline for some unscrupulous hauliers and garage owners.