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MacLochlainn and Doherty welcome review of classes of taxation for motor vehicles

21 April, 2011 - by Pearse Doherty TD, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

Donegal Sinn Féin TDs Padraig MacLochlainn and Pearse Doherty have both welcomed a commitment from the Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, that a review of the classes of motor taxation will take place.

Deputies Doherty and MacLochlainn raised the issue of commercial vehicle tax with the Minister in the Dáil last night.

Deputy MacLochlainn said:

“These changes to the commercial vehicle tax rules kicked in late last year having been introduced by a former Minister, John Gormley. The Fine Gael Party and our party came out against this at the time.

“It was made clear that the system would create a mess and have an impact on Garda resources, as gardaí would have to chase workers in their vans to see if the people had left their mothers to mass or children to school.

“It is a nonsensical regulation which reflected the lack of understanding of rural Ireland from the former Minister, John Gormley, backed by the Fianna Fáil Government of the time.

“In rural Ireland a vehicle is needed for everything and public transport is unavailable. A vehicle is a core part of living and getting by in rural areas.”

Deputy Doherty said:

“This is an appeal to the Government for common sense. Boiling the matter down, it is a tax on rural Ireland and small businesses. It is a silly measure that was just another way to find money.

“The Minister of State may not have a direct response to this tonight but I ask for the issue to be considered in the context of the upcoming jobs initiative or budget, where the Government, like all of us, is seeking to create jobs. We can do that here.

“It does not make sense for us to ask the self-employed man or woman, who needs a van for work and who may want to collect their children or go to the shop, to buy a separate car. That will place an unnecessary burden on people.” ENDS

Note: Speaking in response to Deputies MacLochlainn and Doherty Minister of State O’Dowd accepted the validity of their arguments and announced that Minister Hogan intends to review the taxation classes currently in place for motor vehicles.

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