I and my Department liaise closely with the Irish Road Haulage Association, other stakeholder organisations in the haulage sector and individual hauliers. Minister Ryan has also met with the haulage representative organisations.
Most recently, in October I had a number of meetings with the haulage representative organisations and individual haulage operators to discuss the pressing issue of driver shortages in the haulage sector and other issues they wished to discuss. I met last with a delegation from the Irish Road Haulage Association on 5th October.
In relation to Carbon Tax, the Minister for Finance sets policy in relation to tax and excise duties on fuel. The increase in Budget 2022 related to the already planned increased in the Carbon Tax (representing between 2 to 2.5 cents increase per litre of petrol or diesel).