Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Questions (148)

Damien English

Question:

148. Deputy Damien English asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will examine the potential to bring into effect a concessionary rate of road tax for compact tractors, those being under 50 bhp, as it would be beneficial to encourage the purchase and use of such vehicles on health and safety grounds for the agricultural and ground care sectors, especially as such vehicles when sold are required to be fitted with safety equipment that is not necessary on other vehicles, such as quad bikes, used for similar purposes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42562/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

An annual concessionary rate of tax of €102 per annum applies to agricultural tractors and agricultural machinery. I have no plans to reduce this rate.