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FTAI seminar clarifies issues on UK Road User Levy

Delegates attending the Freight Transport Association Ireland (FTAI) Transport Manager seminar today were brought right ‘up-to-date’ with detailed information regarding the forthcoming UK Road User Levy, which is to be introduced on 1 April 2014.

Attendees were informed of the importance of the proposed changes and how they will affect the way in which they operate their businesses as transport managers.

Neil McDonnell, FTAI’s General Manager said:
"Our Transport Manager seminar has presented FTAI members with a unique insight into current issues in the road transport industry. Members heard first-hand from the shapers and influencers of policy and the officials responsible for implementation. We have covered all the main topics including the UK’s Road User Levy that goes live next week."

The third consecutive FTA Ireland Transport Manager seminar was attended by Jim Higgins, MEP for Ireland Midlands North West, and Ireland’s representative on the European Parliament Transport Committee who also commented on the issue.

Previously this month FTAI had called on Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Leo Varadkar, to intensively lobby his counterpart, Patrick McLoughlin MP, for a transit concession for hauliers using the A5 through Northern Ireland, stating that the N2/A5 is a vital part of the road infrastructure for hauliers in the north-west.

In addition, Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Authority, Martin O’Halloran, praised FTAI members for being at the forefront of efforts to improve the safety record of road transport operators.

Road Safety Authority figures show that since October 2,240 vehicles have been found to have dangerous defects and only 57% of vehicles inspected had received their annual test within one month of being due. 17% of inspected vehicles in February were more than six months late on having their annual test. Average compliance levels overall were 50%.

Mr McDonnell added:
"The results of RSA’s enforcement work show that much remains to be done in improving compliance standards, but FTA Ireland provides a home for responsible operators wanting to understand the law and meet its demands."

The Transport Manager Ireland seminar proved very successful and was attended by over 160 FTAI members, and ensured that the delegates received all the information, guidance and best practice advice that they require on forthcoming legislation and enforcement changes.

McDonnell concluded:
"We were delighted with the level of support for Transport Manager Ireland from speakers, sponsors and especially over 160 members."

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