Emissions VRT plea
Published 08/08/2010 | 05:00
Consumer website CompleteCar.ie is calling for the addition of an extra lower Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) rate and the removal of road tax on newer, lower-emission vehicles for a period of two years.
While there have been welcome announcements regarding grants for electric vehicles to encourage the purchase of this new technology, the existing VRT and motor tax band system fails to offer an incentive to buyers of new petrol or diesel cars with emissions of less than 100g/km.
"Advances in technology mean new petrol and diesel models are coming on stream with emissions as low as 92g/km, but the difficulty is, in Ireland, there is no real incentive for manufacturers to sell these cars -- or for customers to buy them," said Paddy Comyn of CompleteCar.ie.