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Lorry meeting boosts relationship

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Hauliers are worried about the use of outside firms

Isle of Man transport chiefs are hoping to strengthen their relationship with construction hauliers in the future.

Department of Transport officials met hauliers last week following concern off-island sub-contractors are working on the airport runway extension.

Hauliers demonstrated their anger in a go-slow convoy on roads in the south earlier in October.

Transport Minister David Anderson said his department has made it clear contractors should use local firms.

"I believe all parties felt the meeting was worthwhile and as an outcome the department will be looking into one or two specific comments made by the IRTA (Island Road Transport Association)," he said.

"I hope that, now the door has been opened with regards to communications between the department and the IRTA, relations between the two organisations will improve and strengthen."

IRTA chairman John Bennett said: "It had to be made clear to the department that consideration must be made to protect the interests of the local haulage industry.

"I also asked that the Department of Transport, when considering large construction projects, contacts the IRTA during the initial stages of project deliberation so that local hauliers could be given every chance with regards to bidding for work."

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