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Monday 21 April 2014

Travellers spared pain at the pumps and on train fares

Relieved: commuter Ross Moore
Relieved: commuter Ross Moore

LIKE many commuters, Ross Moore woke up yesterday wondering if he would be feeling the pain at the pumps by night.

After a series of Budgets targeting petrol and diesel, AA worker Ross, pictured right, was glad to hear that excise levels would not increase.

"As a commuter I'm relieved and as a father and a middle-income family where Budgets have hit hardest, I feel we have been spared this time around," said the 38-year-old.

After glancing through the Budget, he feels pensioners and the young unemployed have been hardest hit.

"It is going to take the pressure off the people in the 30 to 45 age group who have been hit hard over the past few years."

Slice

A hefty slice of the AA worker's income is spent on driving 15 miles to Portlaoise train station, Co Laois, and paying €30 each month for parking.

His Portlaoise to Dublin-Heuston train costs more than €3,200 before tax, each year.

After landing in Heuston, he then gets the Luas up to Jervis Street, followed by a 10-minute walk – a trip that takes him two-hours each way.

His "big worry" had been a change in the train-ticket tax relief scheme which means it only costs him €2,500 per year. However, that escaped the cuts.

Originally, he had the option of a company car but unpredictable traffic and the tax on benefits-in-kind meant it was not worth it.

Irish Independent

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