End to price difference in agric diesel
28th September 2012
Dundalk TC call for end to price difference for agri diesel. Water courses and
public health under threat , claims Cllr Dearey.
At Tuesday night's
meeting of Dundalk Town Council, there was unanimous cross party for a motion
calling on the Finance Minister to end the price differential between road
diesel and marked diesel.
The motion was proposed by Green Party Councillor
Mark Dearey who explained that the issue was now the business of this council,
as the toxic sludge residue from the washing of marked diesel was now
threatening water courses and public health within the town boundary.
" I see
it as our duty to protect our water courses and public health" said Cllr Dearey
" and now the loacl authority that is most affected by the toxic impacts of
diesel laundering is demanding action from the Minister for Finance.
Council speaks with authority on this matter and we speak unanimously. We now
expect a response.
The price difference between marked and road diesel
creates an economic incentive. Remove that price difference and you destroy the
My motion also proposes that the Minister introduces a
registration and rebate scheme so that farmers and other off road users of
diesel pay the same as for road diesel but claim back a rebate every three
months as happens in New Zealand for off road petrol use. (see editors
" I noted in my comments at the Council meeting, that the IFA opposed
such a scheme when addressing the Oireachtas Transport Committee earlier this
year. I urged them to reconsider their position given the scale of the problem
we are now dealing with in Louth and the loss to the exchequer at a time when
every tax euro matters.
A phased rebate introduction starting in the winter
months when fuel useage is lower should be possible. In time the quarterly
rebate will then cover the excise incurred in the next quarter. The IFA's
support would I believe, be a necessary precondition for the Minister to acceed
to what the motion proposes and I look forward to their considered response on
Please note that excise is not charged on
diesel in New Zealand. Another form of charge exists based on road miles . The
rebate applies to off road petrol use and is claimed quarterly using the form