Govt Urged To Extend 'Off The Road' Deadline

Sinn Féin have called on the government to extend the deadline for people to declare their car as "off the road" so has not to be caught out by new legislation.

It is understood that large queues and growing backlogs have been reported at many Motor Tax offices, which they say they will not be able to clear by the October 01 deadline.

Sinn Fein Transport spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD said: "I welcomed this change in policy which will help to cut out the ability for people to evade tax owed on cars they are falsely claiming off the road. It is a good policy but the deadline appears to have been to set too early and the ability for Motor Tax offices to deal with the backlog has been over estimated.

"People who have not yet reported their vehicle off the road are not facing back dated taxes despite large numbers attempting to do so but unable due to the backlog.

I call on the Minister to extend the deadline to allow this backlog to be cleared before the new regulations come into effect."


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