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Written Answers - Haulage Sector

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 139.  Deputy Brendan Griffin Information on Brendan Griffin Zoom on Brendan Griffin  asked the Minister for Finance Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan  his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding road haulage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16601/12]

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan A fuel rebate system could not under EU law be restricted to Irish licensed hauliers but would have to be extended to all vehicles intended exclusively for the carriage of goods by road with a maximum permissible gross laden weight of not less than 7.5 tonnes. In addition, the rebate would have to include the carriage of passengers by a motor vehicle of category M2 or category M3 as defined in Council Directive 70/156/EEC. The Deputy may wish to note that a working group between my officials and representatives of the Irish Road Haulage Association was set up to examine the issues currently affecting the sector.

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