New rules to exempt buyers from paying back-dated road tax
buyers who purchase second-hand vehicles will not be liable for back-dated road tax under new rules due to come into effect on October 1.
Farmers feared that they would be liable for road tax arrears on vehicles they bought following the introduction of new regulations regarding over-due road tax, due to come into effect from September 30.
Under the new regime owners of vehicles with overdue road tax will be liable for all arrears before a new tax disc can be issued.
A spokesperson for the Department of the Environment said that a new owner is only liable for motor tax from the day that they purchase the vehicle and is not liable for any arrears.
In addition, the Department spokesperson moved to reassure farmers taxing unregistered farm vehicles for the first time, even it has been in use for some time.
"These vehicles will only be liable for motor tax from the date of registration for road use. Therefore if such a vehicle already has a registration number, the new arrangements apply and it must be declared 'off-the-road' in order to avoid any arrears of motor tax," added the spokesperson.
An off-the-road declaration must be completed before September 30 for all road vehicles which have been registered but are not currently taxed, to avoid liability for all arrears.
Previously road tax could be renewed with little or no liability on submission of a declaration that the vehicle had not been used on the road while not taxed.