Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Ceisteanna (568)

Lisa Chambers


568. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the steps he will take in the coming weeks to alert small to medium-size hauliers and haulage companies to the implications of Brexit and the preparations they need to make for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5551/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

On Monday 21st January, my Department hosted a Freight Forum with stakeholders from the freight and maritime sectors, including industry representative bodies in haulage, to inform them of the latest Brexit developments. My Department along with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Revenue Commissioners and the Department of Agriculture addressed the group, stressing the importance of attendees disseminating the information provided as widely as possible. Similarly, a number of Departmental officials took part in a Brexit seminar for local Chambers of Commerce hosted by Chambers Ireland on January 10th, so that local chambers could in turn brief their members on developments. I also met the Freight Transport Association of Ireland (FTAI) on Tuesday 29th January. My Department continues to work with the industry representative bodies to keep hauliers and enterprises informed of developments and prospects, as indeed is our long-established practice. We will continue to update the information on the Department’s website as further developments arise.