Wednesday 7 December 2016

Having different levels of road tax is unfair

Published 03/05/2011 | 07:41

ROAD taxation is riddled with unfairness and unjustified discrimination.

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Incredibly, taxis and hackneys enjoy a dispensation from the normal rules and pay just €82 annually irrespective of engine capacity for vehicles that spend all their time on the road. These vehicles are commercial in nature and should be paying higher rates than anyone else. Tractors, motor caravans, school buses, island vehicles and hearses pay just €88, but continue to use the road on a regular basis.

Veteran and vintage four-wheel classes that have very high CO2 emissions pay a ludicrous €44 annually. There isn't any justification for favouring these so-called miscellaneous vehicles.

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