MOTORISTS have been told they will be given limited leeway as a new regime begins on 'off the road' motor tax claims.
The Department of the Environment says it will deal "pragmatically" with drivers amid a chronic backlog in processing paperwork.
The new system requires drivers to declare in advance if they wish to avoid road tax because their vehicle is not in use or is not being driven on a public highway.
Owners have scrambled to submit forms to their local motor tax offices to avoid being penalised for back tax because of the revised guidelines.
This has led to huge numbers going to local authority offices around the country in recent days.
However, despite a call from the Irish Farmers Association for an extension of the deadline, a department spokesman told the Irish Independent that, for legal reasons, the new system would have to go ahead from tomorrow.