The IRHA is the recognised national representative body of the licenced 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 licenced road haulage industry – on a national and international level. The Association promotes excellence, professionalism and safety in the operation of road transport businesses.
IRHA Annual Conference 2013
The IRHA wishes to thank all of its Members, Corporate Partners and Patrons for their overwhelming support at the Association's 40th anniversary conference and AGM in the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork. Given the significance of the occasion, the conference was an outstanding success with constructive discussion and debate at the AGM on the Association's strategic policies going forward. Our revised strategic roadmap has prioritised the primary matters of concern for the licenced road haulage sector and therefore will form the basis of lobby for the IRHA for the coming twelve months.
The trade show which accompanied the AGM weekend was very well supported and received by all present. A sincere word of thanks to the third parties who supported by supplying vehicles, particularly those with vehicles of a vintage nature. Photographs of the weekend will be added to the homepage of this website in the coming days.
Thank you for your support and the Association will continue to go from strength to strength as the only recognised, representative organisation catering exclusively for the hire and reward licensed road haulage sector in Ireland.
Increase in Six Axle GVW
The IRHA is pleased to confirm that the Association has been successful in achieving an increase in GVW for the six axle combination to 46 tonne. The Association has been lobbying extensively on this matter on behalf of the licenced road transport industry in order to inject greater efficiencies into the supply chain and we are satisfied that the benefits will now be realised at ground level.
In order to operate at the revised weight limit the vehicle combination must have EBS on the tractor unit and trailer, failure to meet this requirement will imply that the six axle combination must continue to operate at the current maximum permitted weight of 44 tonne. The revised weight limit will become operational as of the 1st of April 2013.
Further details on this matter, as well as a copy of the legislation, can be obtained from Jonathan in head-office.
Road Haulage Operators Availing of Forthcoming EUR
Members of the IRHA will be aware that the Association was successful in obtaining an Essential User Fuel Rebate (EUR) for the licensed haulage industry in the Government Budget for 2013. As per the representations made by the IRHA, the EUR will be only made available to fully tax compliant, licensed haulage operators.
If you are involved in the road haulage business but do not have a haulage licence, the IRHA can assist in making your hire and reward haulage licence application so that you can avail of the EUR and the significant financial benefit which will accrue from the rebate.
If you are in road transport for the long haul, don’t delay, join the IRHA today. Contact Catherine in IRHA head-office on 01 801 3380
Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport & Communications - Report on the Road Haulage Industry
Members are advised of a report which was published by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport & Communications into the road haulage industry in Ireland.
The report is a cross party publication and has essentially endorsed the IRHA’s proposal that an Essential User Fuel Rebate (EUR) should be introduced for the licensed, tax compliant haulage operator. The report also suggests that a revised method of collecting the carbon tax should be introduced, as suggested by the IRHA, to ensure that the parties who are instigating the freight movement are levied with the charge. In addition, the report acknowledges that the current road tax system for road haulage vehicles is draconian and should be revised accordingly, again a proposal made by the IRHA.
The above comments are only a very brief overview of the content of the report and members are urged to read the report in their own time and draw their own conclusions - a copy of which can be found in the members section of this website. IRHA head-office is of the opinion that the publication is extremely helpful to the Association’s efforts to assist the industry with the various overheads which are rendering some transport company’s inoperable, while ultimately strangling further investment in the sector.
IRHA Preferred Supplier Programme 2012-2013
The IRHA Preferred Supplier Programme has now completed its first term in operation and a sincere thank you to all third parties who participated in its inaugural year. 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 two of the programme will commence in July 2012 and the IRHA will continue to only promote company's 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 announce that it has been approved by the RSA 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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