Trucking boss says rising costs mean drivers are ‘in trouble’

The leader of one of Ireland’s largest trucking unions said the continued rising cost of fuel and other essentials was unsustainable and drivers were “in trouble”.

Rish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) President Eugene Drennan said 43 per cent of hauliers in Ireland are “single drivers”, while 30 per cent have only “two out of three lorries”.

Mr Grennan said his members are all facing a “big battle” and described the current situation as “crazy times”.

“We cover 1.9 billion kilometers a year, we burn 700 million liters of diesel. So everyone can catch up on that, as Joe Biden said, ‘find out’. It’s very simple, we’re in trouble,” he said.

Last month, representatives of IRHA, together with their partners from Cyprus and Malta, called on European politicians to take tailored measures to protect island nations.

Speaking of RTÉ Tomorrow IrelandMr Grennan said they applied for “island country status” because they did not have the “same support” or supply lines as drivers from mainland Europe.

“98 percent of freight travels by road in Ireland… Our line of supply, which is an island, is so important to us,” he said.

“That FDI and all the big factories that we have here and all the money that we make from the newer type of manufacturing that we do here all depend on maintaining that supply line and we’re at that Western tip of Europe, we ‘ go on our own… Damaged supply line at your own risk.”

In March, the Department for Transport announced €18 million in emergency aid to ease the pressure on hauliers, with a payment of €100 per week for every heavy goods vehicle over 3.5 tonnes listed on a road haulier’s licence.

The Treasury has confirmed work is continuing to develop another package of measures for the transport sector, but Mr Grennan said his members could not afford to wait any longer.

“I’m watching the chimney for Santa because I don’t see it going faster. It’s on its way, it’s been five weeks since the budget,” he added.

“It’s been eight or nine months since we got the last funds which has been a huge help and we appreciate it and we acknowledge it. But it’s a long time for so much money. It’s gone with the cost and the cost of the war.”

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/haulier-chief-says-rising-costs-mean-drivers-are-in-trouble-42112820.html Trucking boss says rising costs mean drivers are ‘in trouble’

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