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Ferris slams new vehicle tax proposal

24 August, 2010 - by Martin Ferris TD

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on the Environment and Local Government Martin Ferris TD has slammed a proposal from Minister John Gormley to impose a new tax on the owners of commercial vehicles. The tax would penalise licence holders who use commercially registered vehicles for purposes other than work.

Deputy Ferris said: “One thing that has to be said about this Government is that they have demonstrated great ingenuity in inventing new ways to take money off people. There is absolutely no good reason that I can see for this proposed tax. Many small business people and indeed employees use commercial vehicles for purposes other than work. Indeed in many instances a commercial vehicle is the only means of transport that people have.

“The Minister therefore in proposing to introduce a new tax is going to be targeting many people who are already finding things difficult. It will also I imagine impose considerable extra burdens on the Gardai who surely have better things to do than stopping Mr. Murphy’s bread van on a Saturday night and interrogating him as to whether he was delivering sliced pans or going to the local club match or dropping his mother to Mass.” ENDS

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