The HGV Road User Levy – aimed at making foreign registered lorries pay to use British roads – has come under fire from the Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA), which has called for an exemption to the charge.
The IRHA claim that Republic of Ireland hauliers are unfairly discriminated against compared to their Northern Ireland counterparts, who are not required to pay the fee. The IRHA have drawn attention to the financial strain that the fee will put them under, claiming that significant job losses will ensue.
As many Republic of Ireland hauliers travel frequently to the north, it is expected that the levy will affect around 80 per cent of the country’s truck fleet. As a result, some fear a “mass exodus of haulage fleet into the UK”.
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