Bradley welcomes cross-border fuel laundering initiative
SDLP Newry and Armagh MLA and Finance spokesperson Dominic Bradley has welcomed the decision by the Irish and British governments to develop a new fuel marker to help fight against fuel fraud.
Speaker after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Ireland’s two revenue authorities and the publication of a joint ‘Invitation to Make Submissions’ in the Official Journal of the European Union, Mr Bradley said:
“Millions in revenue is lost each year on the island of Ireland and further afield through illegal fuel laundering by removing chemical markers from low duty agricultural diesel. I welcome the fact that the Irish Revenue Commissioners and the Customs and Revenue Commissioners in the North are to seek replacements for the current fiscal fuel markers.”
“Fuel laundering and smuggling is not a victimless crime and hurts legitimate businesses as well as robbing monies from the public purse which could otherwise go towards important public services like education and health.”
Bradley continued, “Local councils here have been lumbered with huge bills for the clean-ups which must be carried out after the poisonous residue of fuel laundering is abandoned by roadsides in our most scenic areas. Rivers and other water courses have been polluted in some areas and the activity presents a real threat to the environment.”
“At the end of the day it is the ratepayers locally who have to pick up the tab for these clean-ups and once again other services are left the poorer because of this activity,” he added.
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