Ó Murchú: Victory for Hauliers

A victory for local haulage businesses was achieved in the Dáil last week after concerns about transport managers’ qualifications post-Brexit were raised by Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú and a number of other TDs.

The Sinn Féin TD had been contacted by the manager of a North Louth haulage business who had been told last week by the Department of Transport that the CPC qualification he had in the North would not be recognised after January 1.

A Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) in Road Transport Operations Management is a qualification that allows the holder to act as transport manager in a haulage business.

Around 200 transport managers were contacted by the Department of Transport last week to say that their qualification, which was obtained in the North, would not be recognised after Brexit.

The Louth TD, along with a number of others, raised the issue at the EU Affairs Committee last Wednesday.

Mr Ó Murchú said: ‘What we have here is hauliers who are currently operating with recognised CPC qualifications that will not be recognised post Brexit.

‘I put it to the Government that this issue needs to be dealt with as quickly as possible. Deputies referred to conversations they have had with other Ministers. Deputy Joe McHugh and I raised this issue with the Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Thomas Byrne, at the Joint Committee on European Union Affairs. The Government knows about the issue. We need to ensure that a solution is provided for the people who require it for their livelihood’.

Deputy Ó Murchú said he was delighted when, the following day, the Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton, said the transport managers affected would be provided with a mechanism to allow their Northern qualifications to be recognised. They are to be issued with corresponding, EU-recognised certificates and will not have to sit a further exam.

The Louth TD said: ‘I am delighted that I was able to raise this issue at the EU Affairs Committee and the government took on board what was said. This was the sensible option and it has lifted a burden of worry off the constituent’.