Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (128, 129, 130)

Stephen Donnelly

Question:

128. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Finance for each of the years, 2011, 2012 and 2013, the number of motor vehicles annually seized by officers of the Revenue Commissioners under section 141(1) of the Finance Act 2001 on the grounds that they were liable to forfeiture under section 139(6) of the Finance Act 1992. [22843/14]

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Stephen Donnelly

Question:

129. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Finance the number of motor vehicles, analysed by year in which they were seized, currently in the possession of officers of the Revenue Commissioners as a result of seizures under section 141(1) of the Finance Act 2001 on the grounds that the vehicles were liable to forfeiture under section 139(6) of the Finance Act 1992. [22844/14]

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Stephen Donnelly

Question:

130. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Finance for each of the years, 2011, 2012 and 2013, the number of motor vehicles disposed of by the Revenue Commissioners and the disposal proceeds, arising from seizures under section 141(1) of the Finance Act 2001 on the grounds that the vehicles were liable to forfeiture under section 139(6) of the Finance Act 1992; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22845/14]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 128 to 130, inclusive, together.

Section 139 (6) of the Finance Act 1992 provides that  motor vehicles  in respect of which certain offences relating to Vehicle Registration Tax were committed are liable to forfeiture, and section 141 (1) of the Finance Act 2001 empowers officers of the Revenue Commissioners to seize any vehicles that are liable to forfeiture. In the majority of cases in which a vehicle is seized in connection with an offence relating to Vehicle Registration Tax, the vehicle is subsequently released on payment of a penalty by the person concerned. There are certain instances, however, such as the existence of aggravating circumstances, where the possibility of resolving matters by way of payment of a penalty is not considered appropriate. Cases also arise in which the person concerned does not wish to avail of the possibility of paying a penalty. In such circumstances the vehicle may ultimately be forfeited to, and disposed of, by the Revenue Commissioners.

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that the specific information sought by the Deputy is as set out in the following table.

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2011

2012

2013

Number of motor vehicles seized

1,587

1,181

1,112

Number of seized vehicles currently  in the possession of Revenue, by year seized

9

12

47

Number of motor vehicles disposed of by Revenue

93

96

82

Proceeds from disposal of vehicles

€35,534

€136,584

€96,613