TRUCKERS TORMENT – HANLEY HITS OUT
Town councillor Michael Hanley is calling on hauliers to respect the people of Fermoy and stop clogging up the town.
“The numbers of trucks and lorries coming through the town has increased considerably. And, now that the long awaited flood relief works are underway, I am calling on hauliers to use the bypass and free up the town centre for the people.”
“The traffic situation in the town has gotten out of hand, the necessary and urgent work that is ongoing to provide Fermoy with a defence against flooding needs to be supported and we need more respect for the people of town who are trying to move around,” Cllr Hanley told The Avondhu.
“The bypass cost over €300 million and the trucks need to use it that’s what its there for,” Cllr Hanley concluded.
Responding to the councillor’s calls for hauliers to use the Fermoy bypass, Pat O’Donovan of the Cork branch of the Irish Road Hauliers Association (IRHA) agrees that using the bypass makes sense, “Yes to free up towns like Fermoy trucks and, indeed locals, should use the bypass that is in place. Councillors from the area have called for local road users to be given a special rate at the toll while the flood relief work is going on, this however was not extended to hauliers.”
“We have long campaigned nationally for a more reasonable rate for the tolls on the roads; while it makes sense to use the bypass it does not make economic sense for hauliers who pay their road tax to then pay out more money on tolls.
"Hauliers like every other business need to make sure that they are competitive. Cllr Hanley needs to consider this before making demands on one section of the road users around Fermoy,” Pat O’Donovan told The Avondhu.
Thursday 28th January 6:23pm