Freight News, Road

Irish truckers priced out

[ January 8, 2016   //   ]

The Freight Transport Association of Ireland (FTAI) says high operating costs are pricing the country’s transport firms out of the market. Latest figures show that foreign operators are moving most of Ireland’s goods, it says.
FTAI general manager Neil McDonnell, said: “We have consistently warned the Government about the danger of labour substitution by foreign operators. Our drivers are subject to competition from abroad, on both Irish and continental roads. We now have the second most expensive minimum wage in Europe after Luxembourg.
“If we do not control the costs of our internationally-traded services, we will lose them to lower cost locations – primarily to Eastern Europe. We ask all political parties to bear this in mind as Ireland enters the General Election cycle.”