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THE Republic of Ireland will continue to push for an increase in its allocation of EEC and European Conference of Ministers for Transport multilateral licences, Transport Minister John Wilson told the annual dinner of the Irish Overseas Transport Association.
The Minister said he was pleased to announce that the EEC Council for Ministers had accepted Irish arguments and recognised the special problems which peripheral states had in gaining access to the economic centres of the Community by increasing the allocation for Ireland and Greece by 15 per cent this year. In contrast, only a five per cent increase was sanctioned by other countries, including the UK.
Mr Wilson also told the international hauliers that his Department had received a number of complaints of breaches of the law of other countries by Irish hauliers. "Such branches can, of course, have serious consequences for the haulier concerned and these may include banning from the countries whose law has been broken", he said. "The offences committed by Irish hauliers have been mainly in the areas of incorrect loading of vehicles, and safety and tachograph regulations. I think we must strive tO bring about the necessary improvement in our standards."