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Road Transportation Companies in Sligo Must Be Protected from Effects of Any Potential Carbon Tax Rise: 

 

Road Transportation Companies in Sligo Must Be Protected from Effects of Any Potential Carbon Tax Rise: Blaine Gaffney

 

 

Road Transportation Companies in Sligo Must Be Protected from Effects of Any Potential Carbon Tax Rise: Blaine Gaffney

 

Blaine Gaffney, a Fine Gael representative in Sligo has said that any potential increase in the price of vehicle fuel due to a rise in the Caron Tax in the ‘Budget’ must take into account the seriously damaging effects this rise would have on small and medium road transport companies across the country and also on workers in the North West who must travel long distances for work. 

His comments come after An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar advised this week that the carbon tax may have to be increased in order to meet the Government’s climate change goals. 

The Taoiseach stated in the Irish Independent this week that “If we are going to meet our national climate change targets then we’re going to have to grasp the nettle in pricing of carbon and increase the carbon tax in the next couple of years”. Although he followed this statement up with an assurance that the Government “very much recognised that vulnerable groups will be worst affected by an increase, so we will have to look at compensatory measures for that”. 

On this basis, I would be asking the Taoiseach to consider road hauliers and those who must travel very long distances for work amongst others as a vulnerable group in this instance and for special compensatory measures to be considered for these types of companies, many of which have gone to great expense to upgrade their fleets to more carbon efficient models with no assistance from Government to do so  

One aspect which might help if an increase were to occur would be an increase in the rebate which a haulage company receives on the price of fuel. Another could be for the Government to provide new tax incentives for companies to reinvest in more carbon efficient fleets and to invest in training and hiring new staff.  

As it is today, road hauliers have received little to no assistance from the Government with becoming more carbon efficient and to think that they are now potentially being faced with the possibility of even more charges is hard to swallow. For many this will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.  

Road hauliers, in Sligo and the North West in particular are already facing sever threats to their businesses due to increased fuel charges, unlicensed hauliers operating at lower costs in this region, increasing and higher toll charges on the N4 and a reduction in the rates which customers are willing to pay for their service.

They need help and I would be advocating strongly for the Government to clarify its intentions in this regard” concluded Gaffney. 

ENDS

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