The IRHA welcomes support of state enforcement agencies on illegal out-of-state haulage operators

On the 17th of December The IRHA (Irish Road Haulage Association) welcomed the support of both An Garda Siochana and the Road Safety Authority in enforcing European legislation which prevents illegal haulage operations from out-of state operators.

The IRHA had stated that following a number of reports that were submitted to the Gardaí and the Road Safety Authority regarding the continued breach of the cabotage rules by non-resident hauliers, the enforcement agencies assembled and prevented out-of-state haulage vehicles from operating from Dublin Port.

The Irish Road Haulage Association has some concerns that some unfair competition from other haulage companies with a cheaper cost base would render countless Irish haulage companies uncompetitive which would therefore indicate that they are unsustainable.

Following the actions taken by the Gardaí and the RSA, the IRHA feels confident that this sends out a clear message that illegal activity by out-of-state operators in Ireland is not acceptable.

Mr Eoin Gavin, President of the Irish Road Haulage Association, has said “The Association is delighted that the enforcement agencies involved have been so pro-active in utilising the European legislation which they have at their disposal and prevented further illegal activity from continuing. As a result they have saved, and ultimately secured, countless jobs within the sector and they therefore must be commended for their actions. We would urge all parties to continue this pro-active effort at ground level and ultimately allow the licensed transport industry in Ireland to continue with its contribution to our export economic recovery".