Laois Offaly TD Sean Fleming T.D. has called on the Minister of Finance Michael Noonan to amend his proposals for the Fuel Rebate Scheme to ensure that small and local businesses are not put at an unfair financial disadvantage.
Deputy Fleming said that the Fuel Rebate Scheme which the Minister is introducing in the Finance Bill 2013 for transport companies specifically excludes all businesses who have their own lorries to transport their own goods.
Dep Fleming said the Minister’s proposals only allow companies that are registered hauliers in the transport business to get this fuel rebate. The Fiana Fáil TD said many local businesses who own their own lorries and deliver their own products and have not contracted out their transport to transport companies are excluded from this fuel rebate.
Deputy Fleming said his party will be putting down an amendment to the Finance Bill this week and is calling on the Minister to ensure small businesses who run their own lorries and have their own employees driving their own trucks, many of which can be family businesses, are not discriminated compared with the favourable treatment to be given to the large transport companies.
The purpose of the fuel rebate for transporting goods and buses that carry people is they help to reduce cost for Irish business. However, it is most unfair that this is confined to the registered hauliers and bus operators and local businesses who only carry their own goods and do not carry products for other companies are excluded.
“Here in Laois many businesses do their own deliveries and should not now find that other people who are in the transport and delivery business are getting a fuel rebate and they are being excluded,” he said.
Dep Fleming called on the Minister to accept the amendment to the Finance Bill to ensure fairness for local businesses that deliver their own products.