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Committee to Hear Hauliers Facing 'Catastrophic Consequences' Over Brexit

16th December 2020
Drivers will face checks from Revenue, the Dept. of Agriculture, the HSE and An Garda Síochána. Above truck trailers at one of Dublin Port's ferry terminals located at Alexandra Basin which in recent years began redevelopment as part of the port's Masterplan to cater for increased capacity and larger ships. AFLOAT also adds in this scene taken in April (on right) ropax ferries of P&O serving the Irish Sea link to Liverpool and in the background CLdN's freight-only ro-ro Celine connecting directly to mainland Europe. Drivers will face checks from Revenue, the Dept. of Agriculture, the HSE and An Garda Síochána. Above truck trailers at one of Dublin Port's ferry terminals located at Alexandra Basin which in recent years began redevelopment as part of the port's Masterplan to cater for increased capacity and larger ships. AFLOAT also adds in this scene taken in April (on right) ropax ferries of P&O serving the Irish Sea link to Liverpool and in the background CLdN's freight-only ro-ro Celine connecting directly to mainland Europe. Photo: DPC-twitter

An Oireachtas Committee will hear the Irish Road Haulage Association calling for a single entity to take charge of the free movement of traffic from ports ahead of Brexit.

Its President, Eugene Drennan, reports RTE News, is due before the Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications Networks later today.

He will warn politicians that even if a Brexit deal is reached, hauliers are facing "catastrophic consequences" due to delays and obstructions at ports and airports.

Drivers will face checks from Revenue, the Department of Agriculture, the Health Service Executive and An Garda Síochána.

Mr Drennan is also requesting that the Road Safety Authority and Department of Transport take a more lenient approach to licensed hauliers, to ease some of the pressure they will be under.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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