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EU challenge to Britain’s HGV levy welcome - Carthy

29 April, 2016 - by Matt Carthy MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has welcomed a decision by the EU Commission to legally challenge the British Government on its introduction two years ago of a road toll for trucks because it discriminates against "non-UK hauliers".

Matt Carthy said:

"The decision by the EU Commission to challenge the legality of Britain’s HGV levy charge is very welcome.

"This development comes following similar concerns of a proposed German levy which is believed to contravene EU rules.

"Both of these levies discriminate against so-called foreign or non-domestic drivers. The levy introduced by the British government presents a particular threat in Ireland where haulage and transport firms naturally operate on a cross-border basis.

"Sinn Fein MEPs had raised this issue with the EU Commission, while our TDs and MLAs had raised it in the Dáil and the Assembly on numerous occasions.

"As a representative for an Irish border region I know the importance of developing the all-Ireland economy, this levy is a real obstacle to its delivery.

"There must be a united voice from across the political spectrum in Ireland calling on the British government to abandon the levy immediately rather than protracting a legal process with the commission."

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