Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (526)

Michael Healy-Rae


526. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the proposals he has to ensure that motor tax renewals will be made available throughout the post office network here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32050/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

Under existing arrangements, motor tax is payable in person or by post via motor tax offices in twenty nine local authorities. It is also payable online at any time, with some 50% of all vehicle owners now availing of this option.

My Department has asked the local government sector’s Programme Management Office, which is developing shared services initiatives in the sector in the context of public service reform, to include an assessment of the implications of a similar approach in the provision of motor tax services. This includes examining options for delivery via commercial outlets, of which there are a number of possible providers. The added value of providing an additional payment path for motor tax will be assessed in the context of maximising the efficiency of the provision of a high quality service to the public.