FTA Ireland has reiterated its deep concern that the main freight artery from Donegal to the Republic of Ireland is now subject to payment of the UK Road Levy.
The Freight Transport Association Ireland (FTAI) has stated that Irish hauliers should be exempt from paying the HGV Road User Levy for use of the A5, and added that it is unsatisfactory that traffic from the Republic transiting Northern Ireland on this roadway should be subject to the charge.
FTAI has requested that the Northern Ireland political parties, and those intending to stand for election in Dial in 2016, to clarify their position on this matter, and asked that they outline their reply to the points that it has raised.
Neil McDonnell – FTA Ireland’s General said: “Once again FTA Ireland would like to reiterate its concerns over Irish hauliers paying the UK Road User Levy as we believe it is unsatisfactory that freight vehicles transiting from the ROI and NI on the A5 have to pay the charge. We would also like to all political parties standing in the UK general election 2015, and Donegal elections in 2016 to clarity their position in relation in granting a transit concession on this vital transport route.”
The Irish Exchequer has illustrated that it recognises the importance of the A5 as a transit route for Irish hauliers, and Donegal bound freight, and has paid the UK €50m for the upgrade of the road. In addition, Donegal residents have also expressed their dissatisfaction at the UK Levy being introduced on the vital route.
The HGV Road User Levy (RUL) which came into effect on 1 April 2014, in UK law, has resulted in an increase of costs for HGV operators from Ireland using roads in Northern Ireland and Great Britain.