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.
IRHA Presentation To Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport - Wednesday 2nd of April 2014
The Irish Road Haulage Association were asked to make representation to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport last Wednesday the 2nd of April to outline the current matters of concern to the licensed road haulage industry in Ireland. This request arose out of representations originally made by the IRHA to An Taoiseach Enda Kenny in early March as regard the migration of Irish transport operators to alternative jurisdictions in order to provide for their commercial survival due to more favourable operating costs.
At our presentation to the Oireachtas Committee, the Associations theme was ‘the outsourcing of the Irish haulage industry’ with our detailed agenda reading as follows:
The Irish Road Haulage Association was very well received by the various Deputies who form the Oireachtas Transport Committee with a high degree of engagement from the Deputies after our formal presentation.
A copy of the transcript from the mornings proceedings can be viewed by clicking here, as well as television coverage of the presentation contained in RTE’s Oireachtas Report that evening. RTE Player (scroll to 13 minutes 50 seconds): http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10269237/
Members are advised to read the full transcript as it provides an all-encompassing flavour of how the Deputies responded to the points which were raised. If you have any specific questions in relation to the presentation please do not hesitate to revert to IRHA head-office.
Finally, the Oireachtas Report on the RTE player also covers the toll free holiday for HGV’s last November which the Association successfully lobbied Minister Varadkar for. You can hear the comments issued by the Minister on this subject matter by accessing the RTE Player (scroll to 10 minutes 20 seconds): http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10269237/
Members can be assured that the IRHA will continue to actively represent the licensed hire and reward road haulage industry in the south and as soon as further developments are made on the elements outlined in our above agenda members will be notified accordingly.
DOE Test Certificates - Period of Validity - 21st of March 2014
With regard to the difficulties which have been experienced with DOE test certificates since the introduction of the revised testing regime last October, the Association met with the Department of Transport and the Road Safety Authority in late February to seek to progress the issue.
As part of our representation, the IRHA proposed to the Department of Transport that the road safety levy, which is now factored into the fee structure, should be waived for affected operators between the period of March to October 2014. The Association is pleased to inform its members that with immediate effect the levy on the annual trailer test will be waived until the 7th of October 2014. Where a trailer has already been tested since the 7th of October 2013, the levy will be waived at the next annual test of the trailer concerned provided it is tested no later than the relevant test due date.
This result will allow the IRHA to enter further negotiations with the Department of Transport in order to seek to reach a long term satisfactory solution. Members will be kept informed of developments as they arise.
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 engaged in hire and reward work.
While there was considerable input required by Revenue officials to update the Revenue On-line Service (ROS) to cater for EUR claims, the IRHA is pleased to inform members that registration for the EUR has now commenced. If any member has any question in relation to claiming their EUR please do not hesitate to contact Jonathan in head-office.
Alternatively, 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.
The current road tax regime in Ireland is antiquated and is causing significant problems for licensed operators from a competitiveness perspective. Our difficulties are further compounded by the fact a 'pay-as-you-go' road user charge will be introduced in the UK and Northern Ireland as of April 2014. This will have an adverse impact on the significant volume of cross-border freight which is mobilised on a daily basis.
In light of the above, the Irish Government must move swiftly and decisively to review the current road tax regime and ultimately protect up to 50,000 jobs within the indigenous road haulage industry. It is this reason that the IRHA are leading from the front in seeking this review for the licensed sector. A copy of the Associations policy document on this matter can be viewed in the members section of this website and members are urged to bring its content to the attention of their local public representative.
IRHA Preferred Supplier Programme 2013-2014
The IRHA Preferred Supplier Programme has now completed another 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 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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