First out of the gate - but Renua message is weak
Published 05/01/2016 | 02:30
It is 40 years since any politician or party dared to promise to abolish car tax. The 1977 election "no-more-car-tax" promise was among a glittering array of pledges best called "the sun, the moon and the stars". And that Fianna Fáil give-away triggered a two-decade recession, while car tax was back within a few short years.
Yesterday, Lucinda Creighton's Renua Ireland boldly revisited the car tax issue. But she used a safety net.
On page 16 of its election manifesto - the first and by far the earliest - Renua promises to replace car tax "with a simple levy on fuel". It's "pay-as-you-drive", with hauliers and public transport getting special treatment.