Ceisteanna-Questions. Oral Answers. - Haulage Licences.

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asked the Minister for Transport and Power the number of trans-Europe road haulage licences held in this country; if more licences are available and, if so, the number and how this number relates to the number of licences held in the other EEC countries.

Ireland currently holds 39 authorisations, 26 of which are issued under the community quota system and permit of multilateral haulage within the EEC and 13 of which are issued by the European Conference of Ministers of Transport and permit of multilateral haulage within 18 member States of ECMT. All authorisations for the current year have been issued.

Details of the community quota and ECMT allocations of other member states are set out in a tabular statement, which with the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, I propose to circulate with the Official Report.

Most international haulage is carried out under bilateral arrangements and the conclusion of bilateral agreements with a number of continental countries is the subject of current negotiations. Irish hauliers have not, in fact, experienced any difficulty so far in obtaining necessary licences from the countries concerned.

Following is the statement :

ALLOCATION of EEC Community Quota Authorisation and ECMT (European Conference of Ministers of Transport) Licences for year ending 31st December, 1974.

Country

EEC Scheme

ECMT Scheme

Germany

356

54

France

341

43

Netherlands

318

35

Italy

266

25

Belgium

221

25

United Kingdom

129

20

Denmark

77

18

Luxembourg

58

13

Ireland

26

13

Spain

20

Switzerland

17

Yugoslavia

17

Sweden

16

Greece

15

Norway

15

Austria

13

Portugal

13

Turkey

13