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de Brún raises VRT in the European Parliament

15 June, 2011 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP, Bairbre de Brún today welcomed the EU challenge to the Irish government on its handling of the Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) issue.

Speaking as the issue was debated in the Petitions Committee of the European Parliament Ms de Brún said:

"I welcome the fact that the European Parliament has the opportunity to debate the important issue of VRT.People at home have been badly affected by the way this issue has been handled and are keen to present first hand information to the EU about this.

"While all states have the right to their own taxation system, the State should not be able to seize goods worth more than the sum which is owed.

"VRT has been imposed at an unbelievable rate of 36% , and overzealous pursuit saw the seizure of cars at the roadside followed now by disproportionate legal proceedings against some of those who had bought cars across the border. ENDS

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