Friday, September 27 16:28:25
Mr Phil Hogan TD Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government today highlighted that the three month transition period provided for in the Non-Use of Motor Vehicles Act 2013 is coming to an end on Monday.
If a vehicle is being taken off the road temporarily after that date, the owner must notify his or her local motor tax office in advance. The long-standing facility to declare that a vehicle was off the road retrospectively will come to an end, as this has facilitated widespread tax evasion.
"The evasion is estimated at E55m per annum" Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan said today (27 September 2013). "This is a burden on those people who pay their tax as they should, and is a loophole that needs to be closed", according to Minister Hogan.
For those older vehicles that are not recorded on the National Vehicle and Driver File, and that will be used in a public place, the vehicle record will need to be uploaded on the File in order to allow taxing or the making of a declaration of non-use.
Owners need to contact their local motor tax offices to put this process in train. They do not need to take any action before Monday as no back tax can be sought for the period prior to the uploading of the record on the National Vehicle File.
Finally, anybody who owns a vehicle that they do not plan to put on the road again need take no action on foot of this legislation, "I would appeal to anybody impacted by these changes to regularise their position before Monday's deadline," ended the Minister.