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.
CHANGE IN ROAD TRANSPORT OPERATOR LICENSING FEESFollowing 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 2014The 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 http://www.rtol.ie , 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 2014The 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