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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 Licenses issued by the Department of Transport. A Road Haulage Operator's License 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. Promoting professionalism, excellence and safety in road transport.

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Our Mission

“Promoting professionalism, excellence and safety in road transport”


The Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) was founded in 1973 to represent the interest of the Irish haulage industry at home and abroad. The Association promotes professionalism, excellence and safety in transport. Ten regional branches meet regularly to discuss matters of local, national and international interests. View our members benefits package below for information on our great offers.

  • Full-time Office Representation
  • Lobbyists on Transport-related Issues
  • Representation at Government Departments and European level
  • Liaison with Government Departments and Transport Organisations
  • Preferred Supplier Programme
  • Subsistence Rates Agreement
  • Drivers Hours, WTD and CPC Training Courses
  • Annual Vehicle Operating Cost Tables
  • IRHA Conditions of Carriage
  • IRHA Truck Tag
  • Monthly Members Electronic Newsletter
  • Bi-monthly Trade Journal – KOTR

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