Popular quad to become a luxury vehicle
The popular farm all-terrain vehicle, the quad, is set to become a luxury for many farmers next month after the Department of the Environment revealed that most will be liable for a minimum road tax of almost €300 per year.
The same department also confirmed that a quad requires road tax, even if it only crosses the public road to access a farmer's land at the other side.
While there are no definitive statistics available for the precise number in use on farms, it is estimated to be tens of thousands.
Imports of the quads are close to 2,500 a year, with most machines lasting at least 10 years on farms.
There are two road tax categories that a quad may fall into.
If the quad does not have a tow bar attached, it is categorised as a motor vehicle with an annual tax rate of €299 for an engine capacity of between 1,001cc and 2000cc.
If the engine capacity is less than 1,000cc the annual rate will be €199.