A public consultation has begun on a 10-year strategy for the haulage sector, the first of its kind in Ireland.

The Irish Government today launched a public consultation for the future development of the haulage sector in Ireland.

This will be the first time a strategy focused specifically on the haulage sector has been developed in Ireland.

“Decarbonising the haulage sector poses a particular challenge and the sector has an important role to play as we move towards a low-carbon future”

The consultation document details the current Covid and Brexit challenges facing the sector and outlines other important policy issues facing the sector.

Decarbonisation, road safety, infrastructure, labour market and integrated transport topics are all covered.

Haulage operators and heavy goods vehicle drivers, as well as those working in the wider logistics and supply chain sectors including in further education and academia, as well as members of the public, are all encouraged to contribute to this public consultation and provide ideas and feedback.

The consultation is open for 12 weeks until 2 July.

Keeping Ireland rolling

“The haulage sector plays a vitally important socio-economic role,” said Minister of State for Transport Hildegarde Naughton, TD.

“This has been demonstrated more than ever during the current Covid crisis, throughout which road hauliers have continued to keep supply chains open both nationally and internationally.

“The Government’s aim is to develop a strategy that will help the sector raise standards and improve efficiency over the coming decade. Decarbonising the haulage sector poses a particular challenge and the sector has an important role to play as we move towards a low-carbon future.

“There are a wide range of stakeholders with an interest in the sector and I would encourage all to contribute to the public consultation on what will be the first strategy of its kind for Ireland.”

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 9 March 2021

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