The IRHA is the recognised national representative body of the licensed road haulage industry in the Republic of Ireland. IRHA members operate under Road Haulage Operator Licences issued by the Department of Transport. A Road Haulage Operator’s Licence is required where goods are carried for hire or reward in a vehicle or combination of vehicles which is in excess of 3.5 (metric) tonnes.
The IRHA was founded in 1973 with the purpose of representing and promoting the interests of Ireland’s licensed road haulage industry – on a national and international level. The Association promotes excellence, professionalism and safety in the operation of road transport businesses.
Calais Migrant Crisis Putting Lives & Livelihoods at Risk
IRHA Calls for Emergency Measures
The Irish Road Haulage Association has called for Government support and intervention after yet another driver was held at knife-point by migrants in Calais this week.
Lives and livelihoods in the Irish Haulage sector, which is worth over €4 billion to the Irish exchequer and is responsible for 50,000 jobs, are in serious jeopardy as a result of the escalating migrant crisis in Calais, according to the IRHA.
The association is the Government-recognised body that promotes excellence, professionalism and safety in the operation of road transport business and Ireland’s licensed road haulage industry.
Verona Murphy, President of the IRHA explained how increased desperation from migrants is putting drivers at serious risk and is further exacerbating the difficulties faced travelling through Calais.
“Migrants are increasingly desperate and some are becoming more militant. Drivers’ lives are being threatened unless they allow migrants to stow away in their trailers. They are expected to police the situation themselves to ensure they are not unknowingly smuggling migrants. The situation is out of control.
“This is a real and serious crisis that is affecting hundreds of drivers from haulage companies in Ireland who are facing; fines for breaching their tachograph, thousands of euro fines for unknowingly smuggling migrants, huge financial loss for damaged trucks and having to write off goods and the knock-on effect to our insurance premiums but for the IRHA, the safety of our drivers is of paramount importance.”
The IRHA is calling on the Government to intervene by implementing Article 14 which governs the tachograph rule (the internal system that records a drivers’ driving time) so that drivers are not forced to park-up for hours like “sitting ducks” in Calais having made little progress on their journey due to hours of delays.
Driver Graham Lowndes of TTS Transport was held at knife-point in Calais in the early hours of Monday morning when he was forced to stop for a rest period despite only have covered just a 4 mile driving distance in almost 6 hours.
“This is an international crisis but the lives and livelihoods of drivers from Ireland are at risk which is why the Irish Government needs to take action to protect and allow us to go about our work without being put at risk and being unfairly penalised for trying to get to safety.
“I was put in an extremely vulnerable situation in Calais which I’m lucky to have escaped with my life and I, like all other drivers have the additional stress of self-policing or face huge fines. The Government needs to exercise some common sense to implement emergency measures as the situation is only getting worse by the day.”
Compliance with the tachograph rule is becoming increasingly more difficult for drivers due to Operation STACK (an emergency measure to queue HGVs waiting to reach the port on the M20 in England) as drivers are being forced to move their trucks when they should be technically stopped for a rest period.
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New IRHA President
Following a very successful annual conference and AGM over the weekend (8th & 9th of May) in the Slieve Russell Hotel, Cavan, the National Council of the IRHA elected Ms Verona Murphy of Drumur Transport, Wexford as the new President of the Association for the coming two year term.
Verona is only the second female President of the Association in its 42 year history and reflects the very significant role played by the very many ladies operating within the sector. The IRHA looks forward to continuing to progress the matters of concern to the industry over the coming period. More in-depth detail will be provided to members via our forthcoming members newsletter.
IRHA Preferred Supplier Programme 2014-2015
The IRHA Preferred Supplier Programme has now completed another term in operation and a sincere thank you to all third parties who participated. The Programme has been a huge success with IRHA members providing very positive feedback as to the competitive pricing and quality of service provided by both our Corporate Partners & Patrons.
Year three of the programme will commence in July 2013 and the IRHA will continue to only promote companies whom have the most reliable and cost effective product / service for operators in the road haulage industry. Our revised Preferred Supplier Directory will not be an exhaustive list of every supplier in the country but will continue to be limited to a small number of third parties who will have to pass a vetting process undertaken by IRHA head-office before inclusion in the Directory.
The Association is pleased to provide the mandatory drivers CPC training for HGV drivers in IRHA head-office, Bracetown, Clonee. The Association has been approved to provide all modules to interested parties on an on-going basis.
If you wish to be facilitated on any date that is not already scheduled, please contact head-office and we will seek to meet your requirements where possible.
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