Thursday 16 August 2018

Plea to hauliers to stay off road despite delays

It is hoped deliveries might begin again this morning - but this all depends on weather conditions. Stock image
It is hoped deliveries might begin again this morning - but this all depends on weather conditions. Stock image

Ryan Nugent and Sarah Slater

Transporters are being warned to stay off the roads as treacherous conditions mean deliveries of food and fuel could be delayed countrywide.

Delivery of fuel was suspended yesterday due to the severe weather conditions, with many supermarkets closed and not taking deliveries.

It is hoped deliveries might begin again this morning - but this all depends on weather conditions.

Verona Murphy of the Irish Road Haulage Association said drivers need to heed the advice of weather forecasters as their jobs are "not a vocation".

She pointed out that every business is suffering economically due to the severe snow and ice of the past few days, but that it will be next week before the true economic cost can be counted.

"I don't make a warning like this easily as I know only too well how much pressure our hauliers are under," she said.

"I am absolutely pleading with the thousands of truck drivers and haulage companies to stay off the roads, as nationwide they are in an extremely dangerous condition," she added.

A spokeswoman for Topaz said while some of their sites were open on Friday, few deliveries of fuel were made.

She added that fuel deliveries would begin again this morning, provided the roads are safe enough.

Meanwhile, Aldi are reviewing the weather situation on a store-by-store basis and say deliveries of fresh goods will be made today to all stores that have reopened.

Tesco stores remained shut yesterday while other chains had limited opening hours in certain parts of the country.

Irish Independent

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