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Court ruling means 4,000 hauliers could avail of lower Motor Tax this year – Doherty

19 November, 2015 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said that approximately 4,000 haulier could avail of motor tax of as low as €333 for the next 12 months due to a recent Court ruling. The ruling by the Court of Appeal following a case taken by a haulage company means that articulated trucks should be weighed without their carriages meaning in effect that they are to be taxed at the same rate as tractors at €333 per year.

Deputy Doherty said:

“My understanding is that the government will rush through legislation next week to correct this error but in the meantime truck drivers whose Motor Tax is up for renewal in November and December are entitled to pay the tax for a full year at the actual legal rate which is the same as a tractor of €333.

“Commercial Motor Tax is to be decreased in January, but even at this new lower rate which could be up to €900 hauliers who can renew before then stand to save significantly. Additionally, I understand that a rebate scheme will be put into place backdated to 21st October so that hauliers who paid their Motor Tax after the ruling but at the now invalid rate can claim back any over payment. They are advised to speak to their local authorities about this.

“I have been questioning the Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly since this court ruling but have been fobbed off with a non-reply as late as Tuesday. Sadly, this is the type of arrogance we have come to expect from Minister Kelly. He now has a mess to clean up, including a presumably administration heavy rebate scheme, when a more open and forward thinking attitude might have benefitted everybody.” 

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