Isle of Man Hauliers against Operator Licensing
5th August, 2009
Local Hauliers have branded proposed heavy goods vehicle operator licences as an unfair money-making venture by the Department of Transport.
The proposed scheme is seen as a disproportionate response to a freak accident in 2005 when a young cyclist James Berry was killed by a wheel which came loose from a lorry near Ballacraine.
The 'O' Licence regulations would be administered by the Road Transport Licensing Committee, but during the Departments presentation at Ronaldsway on Thursday, the RTLC secretary Brian Leece confirmed it had a current deficit of £185,000 despite Tynwald's expectations it would be self-funding.
One objector at the meeting stated "The government has no business plan showing what this scheme will cost operators or even themselves for their own vehicles, which comes down on taxpayers."