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McElduff host to Donegal HGV Hauliers Delegation at Stormont

Published: 26 February, 2014

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Barry McElduff hosted a delegation at Stormont on Tuesday 25th February of Hauliers and Public representatives from Donegal lobbying support in opposition to the imminent introduction of a HGV transport Levy by Westminster on operators from the 26 Counties.

Mr McElduff said,

"A Delegation of Hauliers and Public representatives were in Stormont to highlight the negative impact that this proposed HGV Levy will have on cross border Trade.

"I believe that this is just the latest regressive measure being imposed by a Westminster government on our economy. As with Airport Tax and Corporation Tax this is just another revenue raising measure for the British Exchequer that gives no return or benefit to the economy of the North of Ireland - in fact they inhibit growth and investment.

"I facilitated meetings between the delegation, their Public Representatives and the various Parties in the Assembly so that MLA's could listen to the concerns of the Hauliers and offer support to have the North exempted from this regressive levy."

Pat Doherty MP who also met with the delegation said,

"Sinn Féin has been vocal in its opposition to this levy, and our representatives north and south have been to the forefront in highlighting the issue in every elected forum.

"The British government needs to amend the legislation to exempt the north from this regressive charge and the Irish government must ensure that they pressurise their British counterparts to stop this charge which has the potential to severely affect the future viability of small and medium businesses especially along the already struggling border region."