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Saturday 19 April 2014

City motor tax office to close

The Council has said that there has been a low take-up of motorists paying their motor tax online.

ONE of Dublin's three motor tax offices is to be shut for good as a result of a "significant reduction" in business.

Clondalkin Motor Tax office will close on Christmas Eve -- almost two years after the closure of the Nutgrove office in Rathfarnham.

Dublin City Council has claimed that the decision stems from a major increase in the number of customers availing of tax services online.

However, there are now fears that other local authorities will consider closing down motor tax offices in a bid to generate savings.

In an email to Dublin City councillors, Head of Finance, Kathy Quinn said that staff members at the Clondalkin office will be reassigned.

"Dublin City Council motor tax offices have experienced a significant reduction in business since the driver licence processing was transferred to the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) at the end of October 2013," she said.

"The motor tax service has been reviewed and it is not possible to keep three offices open for the level of service now required by customers, therefore the motor tax office in Clondalkin will close effective, December 24, 2013.

"Staff from the Clondalkin office will be reassigned across the city council to fill vacancies in other service areas."

Clondalkin-based Fianna Fail councillor Trevor Gilligan said the closure has infuriated local residents.

"People are up in arms about this. It is a vital service, particularly for the elderly and those who just don't do services like tax online," he said.

"I think it also raises fears that the closure of motor tax offices will spread to other parts of the country.

"Certainly what we are seeing with Clondalkin will alarm people."

Ms Quinn said that the offices in Ballymun and Smithfield are still accessible by the public.

She said that 70pc of Dublin motor tax customers currently do their tax online.

The news of the closure of the Clondalkin office means that the number of motor tax offices in the capital has been cut in half almost two years.

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