Clare T.D. and Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Deputy Pat Breen has welcomed changes to commercial motor tax which will mean an annual saving of over €4,000 for hauliers across the country.
“This change is very important for hauliers and I have been happy to support the Irish Road Hauliers Association who have raised their concerns regarding the competitive disadvantage under which they had to operate in compared to their Northern and UK Counterparts.
Our economic recovery has been driven by our export levels are now at record levels. The Irish Hauliers compete with businesses in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, where up until now motor tax has been much lower. This led to increased costs across our economy and had driven some businesses to register in Northern Ireland.
The number of rates will be reduced from 20 to 5 and will range in cost from €90 to €900 per year, down from a maximum cost of €5,195. These changes, which will benefit over 28,500 commercial vehicles, will come into effect from 1st January 2016.
These measures will lower the costs of goods and services, and it will provide a huge boost to local economies. This is an interim measure pending the replacement of the current commercial motor tax regime with a fairer basis for calculating commercial motor tax.
This Budget is a positive one after what has been a very difficult time for businesses. The last few budgets have been hard, but they made it possible for Ireland to exit the bailout, reduce our debts, and move into a real recovery.
The top priority this year is to keep the recovery going in all parts of the country, while providing relief and better services. Part of this includes driving the local economy by supporting businesses who rely on transport to provide a service.”