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Hauliers threaten further strikes
20 Oct 2014 22:10
The Irish Road Haulage Association is threatening more strikes across the country unless the Government takes urgent action to address the road tax system.
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Lorry drivers held a four-hour blockade at Dublin Port this morning causing traffic disruption across the city.
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Around 100 members of the IRHA were protesting over the road tax they pay.
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It costs €4,000 to tax every six-axle truck in Ireland, compared to £640 (€823) in Northern Ireland.
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The hauliers were also protesting over a tax of £10 on every truck entering the UK.
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Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has reiterated his position that he will meet with hauliers only after they lift the threat of strike action.
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Speaking on RTÉ's Six One News, Mr Donohoe said a working group is in place to examine the issue surrounding the disparity in road tax costs between the UK and Ireland.
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He said he accepts it is an issue of "legitimate concern" for drivers.
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