'Carbon tax will hit businesses badly if they need to drive'
The increase in carbon tax will severely hit businesses that depend on driving, according to one business owner.
Larry Teeling (48), from Blanchardstown, Dublin, owns glazing business, Crystal Glazing. He is disappointed with the increase in carbon tax in this year's Budget as he depends on his diesel van to get him to jobs.
Before the hike hit at midnight, 73 litres of diesel cost Larry almost €100 each time he fills up.
"The carbon tax will affect me because of the diesel in the vans on the road," he told the Herald.
"Business-wise, I'll give you a prime example. I've a job in Limerick, I have to get down to it.
"I have a job for a new shopfront, I have to drive all the way down to that shop two or three times," he said.
"All those trips up and down the road, they're all built into the one price.
"I get 73 litres of diesel every time I fill up. So 73 times two, on top of the amount of money we're already paying in tax.
"Every drop of diesel I buy I have to buy through my business card.
"I'm leaving my workshop now to do two emergency break-ins. I have to go and do two, one after another.
"I don't know how the transport and logistic businesses are going to survive.
"It's not going to mean job losses, but it means a price hike on courier companies," he added.
Larry was also hoping that this year's Budget would see the removal of the Universal Social Charge (USC).
"When you consider USC as a temporary tax and it hasn't gone away - it was supposed to help bail us out, and it's still there," he said.
"You're paying it, I'm paying it, everybody is paying it.
"They said we have to be 70 when we retire. I know I won't be retired before I'm 70.
"By the time I retire, in 20 years' time, the Government will bring up that the earliest we can retire is 80 years of age.
"My body won't take lifting glass at 80."