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.
Commercial Vehicle Road Tax - November 2014
IRHA Meeting with Minister Noonan & Minister Donohoe – 11th of November 2014
Further to the protest action which the Association held in Dublin Port on the 20th of October to highlight the strangling effect the cost of commercial vehicle road tax is having on the hire and reward haulage sector, a delegation from the Irish Road Haulage Association met with Minister Noonan and Minister Donohoe in the Department of Finance the evening of the 10th of November 2014. The Association outlined to the two Ministers the various changes which must be introduced in order to allow the indigenous hire and reward haulage operator to compete with an out-of-state vehicle. Both Minister Noonan and Minister Donohoe stated that they acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of the IRHA to represent the interests of its members and to identify to Government the needs of the sector in order for Government to support accordingly.
Minister Donohoe stated that the IRHA has been very effective in communicating the main elements of concern relating to road tax which are creating difficulties for the industry; namely the current road tax structure, the HGV levy in NI and the issue of southern vehicles ‘reflagging’ to other jurisdictions in order to provide for their commercial survival. As a direct result of the IRHA’s lobby, and in order to support the hire and reward sector, Minister Donohoe stated that the inter-departmental working group report, originally scheduled to be published in the first quarter of next year, has been fast tracked and therefore will be completed by Friday the 14th of November. Thereafter there will be a two week period for the Minister to consider the content before it is put out for a brief period of consultation. Following that process, the feedback received will be submitted to Minister Noonan for decision.
In terms of the change to commercial vehicle road tax which will be made in the short term, the IRHA has long endorsed that the costing / figures should involve a straight rate cut to provide a competitive operating environment. In addition, a change from unladen weight to GVW will facilitate ease of enforcement at ground level. Minister Donohoe and Minister Noonan agreed that the referenced changes were the most effective way to support the hire and reward sector and therefore it is these changes they will seek to implement.
Minister Noonan made it very clear that the Government can and will work with the IRHA to address this matter and to which the Association accepted the offer of co-operation. Minister Noonan also stated that he supported the IRHA’s proposal for a fuel rebate for the industry by implementing the Associations proposed system. Therefore Minister Noonan gave the IRHA his word and personal commitment that he will reduce road tax in next year’s budget, as well as introducing a change to GVW. In response, the Association agreed to work with Government over the coming period to assist in bringing about this change next year
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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