Fuel Rebate for Licensed Hauliers

Wednesday, 6 December 2012 was a red letter day for Ireland as Minister of Finance Michael Noonan announced the first ever essential user fuel rebate for licensed hauliers. The rebate, which comes into effect on 1 July, 2013, will be available to all ‘tax compliant’ hauliers driving vehicles over 7.5 tonnes, with the exception of own-account operators.”I am pleased to announce an additional initiative that will support small businesses in all sectors of the economy,” Noonan said. “Virtually all businesses in Ireland rely on cost effective transport for their inputs and their outputs. This transport is provided by hauliers, the majority of whom are small businesses. In order to assist the competitiveness of this key industry, I am introducing a rebate on diesel with effect from the 1st of July 2013.Although the amount of rebate has not yet been confirmed, civil servants have indicated it is likely to be around 7.5 euro cents per litre.”The administration of the rebate has yet to be worked out,” points out Seamus McGowan, TPN’s MD. “In some countries which already offer a rebate, such as Belgium and Spain, it is paid monthly or three-monthly, in arrears. Sometimes the rebate is paid annually.” However it is paid, the rebate marks the government’s recognition of the plight of the Irish haulage industry. “This is an unprecedented decision made in one of the worst economic crises Ireland has seen in modern times,” Seamus adds. “And even more amazingly, it is restricted to haulage – not to buses or farmers or any other group. It is all down to the strong and continued lobbying by the Irish Road Haulage Association and particularly its president, Eoin Gavin, head of TPN member depot Eoin Gavin Transport.

New TPN Member Donegal

TPN welcomes back Karl Lafferty Transport, our newest member, joining the network for the second time. Karl Lafferty Transport, new depot 120, covering County Donegal, first joined the network around six years ago, but left in 2008 after 18 months.”We stepped in to help out when TPN was looking for a depot in our area,” Karl explains, “but we never intended to stay long-term. Our business to Dublin and the UK was expanding and we needed our resources for that.”Now we see great opportunities in Donegal for TPN that aren’t being exploited and we think we can help the network benefit from these opportunities. In just four weeks we saw volumes grow to 30-35 pallets per night. We look forward to even more pallet business next year.”

TPN 100K CYCLE

TPN are the proud sponsors of Moylagh GAA club and as such the club decided to make the 100000 sq ft TPN hub in Blanchardstown the start point for their 100km sponsored cycle. The cyclists converged on the TPN hub early on 01st April where they were watered and fed with as many energy bars as they would need for the long journey. Most cyclists completed the journey in approx 3 hours and in so doing raised much needed funding for the Moylagh facility and the upcoming junior teams. Congratulations to all.(Owen Cooke pictured with the participants on the day)

SFA Award Ceremony

Environmental Highly Commended – At the SFA National Small Business Awards 2012on Thursday 08 March are from (L-R)  Ian Martin, Chairman, SFA, Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD with Kieran Duffy, Nicola Finegan and Seamus McGowan all from The Pallet Network, who were highly commended in the Environmental Sustainability category with Brian Motherway Chief Operations Officer, SEAI, sponsor of the Environmental Sustainability Award.

The Pallet Network team were presented with the award in the Environmental Sustainability Category at the Small Firms Association Awards ceremony in Trinity College on 08 March.The Highly Commended award was presented by Richard Bruton to the TPN team. Seamus McGowan MD TPN said ” we have made serious efforts to decrease our Carbon Footprint both within the TPN 100 000 sq ft premises and throughout the 23 network members, we are very pleased to receive this award”

RTE News: TPN Chairman Owen Cooke & IRHA President Eoin Gavin

IRHA President Eoin Gavin and TPN Chairman Owen Cooke were today asked for reaction to the changes made in the budget by RTE. Both gentlemen were filmed at TPN Irelands Dublin Hub based in Blanchardstown for Six One and Nine o Clock news. Eion Gavin commented” the increase in carbon tax will drive hauliers to refuel abroad in countries like Belgium where Diesel prices are now 12 cent cheaper”. Owen Cooke commented” the 2% increase in VAT will impact on retailers which ultimately affects us and will no doubt result in job losses in the transport sector” 01/12/2012 10:23AM
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The Pallet Network Awards 2011

The venue was unchanged for the 2011 Pallet Network Awards ceremony, Johnstown House Hotel Enfield.

The night was a roaring success as always with lots of surprised depots collecting awards from Depot of the year to Sales Depot of the Year and an amazing 5 Outstanding Individual Contribution awards.

Congratulations once again to all the winners on the night, we measure our success and growth in TPN and to have such a successful evening is a sure sign that TPN  is the best Pallet Network in Ireland.

The Pallet Network Award 2011
The Winners at the TPN Ireland 2011 Awards

The Pallet Network (Ireland)