Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (145, 184, 260, 262)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

145. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Finance his plans to change the regulations on the registration of motor vehicles; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31886/19]

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Michael McGrath

Question:

184. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance his plans regarding the worldwide harmonised light vehicle procedure test phase 2 with regard to VRT on vehicles; his further plans to widen the VRT bands for 2020 in order to avoid significant increases in the price of vehicles for consumers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32816/19]

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Eamon Scanlon

Question:

260. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Finance his plans to address concerns that VRT will be increased in budget 2020; his views on the fact that the last major upheaval of VRT cost the motor industry tens of thousands of jobs and saw more than 150 long-standing family businesses close; his further views as to whether sudden taxation changes will cost jobs and slow down the drive to reduce emissions from transport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34302/19]

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Eamon Scanlon

Question:

262. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Finance if he will adjust the VRT bands in the forthcoming budget to take into account the differences between the old test and the new test; if he will equalise the VRT system for new and used vehicles and reach climate change goals in a planned, measured and realistic way; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34327/19]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 145, 184, 260 and 262 together.

It is a long-standing practice of the Minister for Finance not to comment, in advance of the Budget, on any tax matters that might be the subject of Budget decisions.