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Wednesday 20 June 2018

Brexit and future-proofing high on agenda at RHA meeting

By David Tucker

Wexford will host the national conference of the Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) this coming weekend, with Brexit high on the agenda.

The conference and annual meeting of the body will take place in Clayton Whites Hotel on Friday and Saturday, March 24 and March 25.

This is the second IRHA AGM that will take place in the home county of current president Verona Murphy. In addition to being the main weekend sponsor for the conference, Wexford-based Wright Insurance Brokers will also host a specialised insurance seminar at the hotel on Friday, focussing on the challenges facing the sector.

Now in its sixth year, the Wright Insurance Brokers Seminar is widely respected by haulage operators and has built a reputation for highlighting the insurance issues that will hit the sector and where possible identifying potential solutions.

This gives haulage operators the opportunity to review their own business model and make changes where they identify problematic areas.

Tony Wright, CEO, Wright Insurance Brokers said: 'We look forward to sharing insights with our clients and IRHA members around the latest insurance issues facing the sector.'

The agenda includes a section on 'Brexit and Insurance' by economist Jim Power. David Snow, fraud lecturer and investigator will present Insurance Fraud - The Impact.'

Verona Murphy said while there will be plenty for people attending the conference to see and do during the weekend, there will also be important decisions to be made by the membership given the challenging operating conditions within the sector, primarily those posed by Brexit and all it entails.

'The IRHA intends to be the licenced road hauliers voice in Brexit over the coming months and years,' she said, with plans on future proofing under the microscope. With 95 per cent of freight in Ireland moved via road transport and the licensed haulage industry moving 80 per cent of that freight, industry successive plans are vital.

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