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End confusion on hauliers’ border levy – McElduff

5 June, 2014 - by Barry McElduff

Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff has called on the Department of the Environment to end the confusion over a controversial levy for hauliers crossing the border. 

The West Tyrone MLA said; 

"Since April 1 when the Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) Levy came into force from Westminster, hauliers entering the North have been required to pay a tax. 

"This legislation does not take account our circumstances here where many hauliers operate on an all-island basis. 

"Sinn Féin has consistently raised our opposition to its imposition in the North as it goes against all our efforts to promote trade across the island and to develop the all-Ireland economy. 

"I welcome the reassurance from the environment minister that this illogical levy will not be enforced in the North but there is still some confusion out there among hauliers. 

"DVA officials are stopping hauliers at Strabane, Ballygawley, Enniskillen, Armagh and other border crossings and handing out leaflets providing information on the levy and how it can be paid. 

"This is causing great confusion because on one hand the department is saying the levy will not be enforced while on the other drivers are being given information on how it can be paid. 

"The department needs to act decisively to end the uncertainty and confusion over this issue so that it does not become a barrier to trade."

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