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Assembly to vote on overturning cross-border haulier charges - McElduff

4 November, 2014 - by Barry McElduff

Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff has said the Assembly will vote today to overturn controversial plans to introduce charges for cross-border hauliers. 

Speaking ahead of today's vote, Mr McElduff said; 

"The Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) Levy, which was imposed by Westminster and supported by the environment minister Mark H Durkan, is a barrier to all-Ireland trade.

"The Assembly's environment committee voted to introduce this levy on hauliers entering the North from the 26 counties. 

"I and other Sinn Féin members on the committee voted against the proposals and we were the only parties to do so. 

"This would mean that hauliers would be stopped at the border and asked to pay a charge to enter the North. If they are unable to pay they will be subject to a fine. 

"The Department of the Environment, led by Mark H Durkan, will have to introduce border patrols to enforce this. 

"This is one of the most regressive pieces of legislation to come through this Assembly as it seeks to copper-fasten partition. 

"That is why Sinn Féin is seeking to have this overturned to ensure there is no barrier to cross-border trade and mobility."

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