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Changes to motor tax will hurt families and businesses

28 March, 2013

Speaking during the passage of the Motor Vehicles (Duties and Licences) Bill today in the Seanad, Sinn Féin senator, Kathryn Reilly said the bill would “hurt families and businesses.” The Cavan-based senator called on the government to “introduce a fairer and more environmentally sustainable motor tax regime”.
Senator Reilly said:
“Failure of successive governments, including this one, to invest in public transport provision has made us all more dependent on our car than we should be.
“Now the government wants to make life even more difficult for the ordinary motorist by increasing the tax on the family car.
“The impact on struggling families will be very serious. It will force more people into financial hardship.
“This bill will have a negative impact on large numbers of small and medium sized businesses. This will impact on trade and jobs.
“There is a need to review the system for taxing motor vehicles and to redesign the motor tax bands to reflect carbon emissions, engine capacity and vehicle value.
“Motor tax revenue can be raised in a fairer and more environmentally sustainable way.
“Unfortunately the Bill before us today does not do this and on that basis Sinn Féin will be opposing it.”

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