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Dublin’s budget disappoints

[ October 15, 2021   //   ]

FTA Ireland has described the country’s Budget for 2022 as a missed opportunity to support the logistics sector through the intense pressures it is facing.

FTAI chief executive Aidan Flynn said that the Irish Government’s Budget 2022 “flattered to deceive, offering very little support for hard-pressed logistics and freight distribution businesses in Ireland at a time when supply chains are under intense pressure from climate change, the skills shortage, Brexit, and the COVID-19 pandemic”.

It also failed to include provision for charging and gas fuelling infrastructure to support the use of alternatively fuelled vehicles.

“However”, he added: “We were pleased to see the Alternatively Fuelled HDV Purchase Grant Scheme will continue, in addition to the Low Emission Vehicle Toll Incentive Scheme – both these measures will help companies to transition from diesel run to alternatively fuelled vehicles. FTAI is urging the government to ensure a portion of the 800 new Garda it plans to appoint will be deployed in the road policing unit; this is vital to make sure the nation’s roads remain safe and free from unscrupulous operators.”

The next printed issue of FBJ (FBJ 7 2021) will include a 16-page Ireland supplement.

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