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Irish freight sector ‘being crippled’ by rocketing fuel costs

Industry group calls for emergency tax measures to ensure ‘certainty of service’

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Some hauliers have already taken to protesting fuel price rises. Photograph: Frank McGrath

Some hauliers have already taken to protesting fuel price rises. Photograph: Frank McGrath

Some hauliers have already taken to protesting fuel price rises. Photograph: Frank McGrath

Fuel cost increases are having a “crippling” effect on some freight trade companies, with emergency tax measures needed to ensure “certainty of service”, the Government has been told.

In a submission to the Department of Finance, the Freight Transport Association Ireland (FTAI) said the price of a litre of diesel had increased by over 50pc in the last 12 months. The trade group said this was the equivalent of increasing the average fuel cost per kilometre to 50 cents, up from 33 cents in a distribution cost guide published in 2021.


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