This article describes the extensive effects of deregulation of the Irish road haulage industry, which was introduced in 1988. From 1932 to 1988, the industry has been subject to quantity licensing in order to protect the railways; this strategy failed, and the railway market share of Irish freight is now less than 10% by weight. In 1988, the traditional dominance of road freight by "own account" operators was reversed, and the hired haulage market share rose to 52%. In 1988 and 1989, the number of new market entrants was so great that officials found it difficult to process their licence applications quickly. Ireland has an exceptionally high amount of foreign trade for its size, but it is estimated that almost 40% of roads between the Republic of Ireland and London travel a longer route via Northern Ireland. The Dublin Chamber of Commerce estimates that about 400 million pounds needs to be invested in Ireland and the UK to restore traffic to the "central corridor" across the Irish sea; it wants the British, Irish and European authorities to prepare a comprehensive development plan for this purpose. The author expresses concern about the high transport taxes that are a major obstacle to the progress of the Irish road freight industry. (TRRL)


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  • Accession Number: 00609893
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1991 12:00AM