Sinn Fein Transport spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has called on the Minister for Environment to issue an order to extend the deadline for people to declare their cars off the road in order to avoid back dated tax brought about by new legislation. He made his comments as many Motor Tax offices have reported large queues and backlogs which will not be cleared before the deadline on the 1st of October.
Deputy Ellis said;
“I welcomed this change in policy which will help to cut out the ability for people to evade tax owed on cars they are falsely claiming off the road. It is a good policy but the deadline appears to have been to set too early and the ability for Motor Tax offices to deal with the backlog has been over estimated.
“People who have not yet reported their vehicle off the road are not facing back dated taxes despite large numbers attempting to do so but unable due to the backlog.
I call on the Minister to extend the deadline to allow this backlog to be cleared before the new regulations come into effect.”