October 2, 2017
The Irish Petrol Retailers Association (IPRA) today wrote to Minster Donohoe advising that a petition started just 4 weeks ago asking consumers for their support to overturn Government proposals to increase the diesel fuel duty had reached c.7,500 signatures. Currently, the duty rate for diesel is 0.50cpl and petrol is 0.61cpl and proposals are suggesting the rates should be equalised.
The proposals came last year from the Governments Tax strategy Group and could be implemented in this year’s budget. The argument for increasing the diesel duty rate is for ‘environmental reasons’ and the yield to Revenue (if the rates are equalised) would amount to c. €330M assuming no change in customer behaviour.
David Blevings, spokesperson for the IPRA said, “We are asking the Government not to increase the diesel duty rate as we think it would be detrimental for the economy, rural transport and non-city dwellers. Any increase in diesel fuel cost will hit the rural car user who needs the car to travel, has the potential to damage the recovering economy in rural areas, will increase the cost of consumer goods as road transport costs will increase and could encourage cross border shopping for fuel due to euro/stg exchange rate thus reducing return to Revenue.
For the last number of years, Government has kept the diesel duty lower thereby encouraging consumers to purchase diesel cars. Now that they are in possession of a diesel vehicle, it seems grossly unfair to penalise them with an increase in cost.
We note that the Government proposals do not have universal support with a number of TD’s already speaking out against any increases. We are asking consumers to show that they do not support the call for increases in diesel fuel cost and would encourage them to sign our petition at https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/IPRA added David”.
Notes for Editors
The Irish Petrol Retailers Association (IPRA) is the industry body representing the interests of over 500 independent petrol retailers in Ireland. They have been at the forefront of lobbying; gathering facts and figures, asking for tougher sentencing, presenting to the Oireachtas Committee and setting up a Fuels Forum with Revenue.