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Ireland Gives Cabotage Flexibility for Irish Car Transport Sector - 11 November 2014

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr. Paschal Donohoe T.D., has announced that, in line with the agreement of the European Commission to selectively relax cabotage rules in Ireland when the needs of the Irish transport industry require it, cabotage restrictions in Ireland are being temporarily suspended for car transporters from other EU Member States. This will allow Irish car transporter firms and Irish motor dealers to avail of spare car transporter capacity in other EU Member States during the Irish peak demand season at the beginning of the year.
EU rules on cabotage in the road haulage sector were agreed in December 2009. The rules make it difficult to deal with periods of high demand. Some sectors of the haulage industry have high levels of peak seasonal demand, where they have previously imported capacity from other Member States. Where other Member States have their own peaks, then Irish hauliers were used to satisfy their demand. One such sector is the car transporter industry, which in Ireland has its peak in December, January and February, when new cars are being bought and registered.
To address this problem, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in Ireland has, at the request of the car transporter sector in Ireland, agreed with the European Commission that Ireland would relax its cabotage rules for car transporter vehicles at the end of each year and early in each new year, so that Irish firms can subcontract to other non-Irish firms during that period, or that car dealers can contract directly with non-Irish firms during that time, if they wish. At the end of the period, the cabotage rules would be re-applied to those vehicles again. This arrangement allows Irish car transporters to avail of spare capacity in other EU Member States, and so fulfil the needs of the Irish motor dealer industry.
Accordingly, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport wishes to formally announce that the cabotage restrictions in Article 8 of Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 on common rules for access to the international road haulage market (recast), as they apply to car transporter vehicles only, are hereby lifted in Ireland during the period of Monday 24 November 2014 to Friday 27 February 2015 inclusive, after which date those cabotage restrictions will reapply to those vehicles. This arrangement does not alter any operators obligations under other EU or Irish law while operating in Ireland in relation to vehicle or road safety, drivers hours or working time, or any other appropriate road transport or safety requirement.


Following the introduction of the online application service, fees for paper-based applications have increased with effect from 1 July 2014.The fees will remain at the current rates for operators using the online application service.The new fees have been introduced by Statutory Instrument No. 291 of 2014 and can be viewed or downloaded here.

'e-Day'– 19 September 2014

The National Payments Plan, launched in April 2013, seeks to reduce the cost of Ireland’s payment system through the increased use of more efficient payment methods which will lead to increased competitiveness and efficiency.In this regard, 19 September 2014 has been designated 'e-Day'. From this date the public sector will no longer issue cheques to business users or accept cheques from business users. As a result, Road Transport Operator Licensing Unit will accept only payment by electronic means from 19 September 2014. Payments can be made by debit or credit card online at , by phone when you contact us, or in person at our public office. Alternatively, our paper application forms provide a detachable page for entering card details, which is shredded when the transaction is completed.

Introduction of UK HGV Road User Levy from 1 APRIL 2014

The following notice has been issued by the United Kingdom transport authorities. If you operate a heavy goods vehicle weighing 12 tonnes or more within the United Kingdom, whether you operate for hire or reward or on an own account basis, the new road user levy will apply. Please view this information here

Useful Legislation Links

Road Transport Act 2011

Statutory Instrument No. 696 of 2011 European Union (International Market for Coach and Bus Services) Regulations

Statutory Instrument No. 697 of 2011 European Union (Occupation of Road Transport Operator) Regulations

Statutory Instrument No. 698 of 2011 European Union (International Road Haulage Market) Regulations

Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 establishing common rules concerning the conditions to be complied with to pursue the occupation of road transport operator

Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 on common rules for access to the international road haulage market

Regulation (EC) No 1073/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 on common rules for access to the international market for coach and bus services