Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Questions (238)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

238. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Transport the reason that residents of islands who have island rate car tax on their island-based cars cannot renew the tax online given that they are not allocated a pin number with their renewal notice; if he plans to address this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43465/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

A concessionary rate of motor tax was introduced in 2001 for vehicles which are kept and used exclusively on an offshore island to which there is no direct road or bridge access from the mainland.  The current rate is €102 annually.

The online motor tax system has proven successful with over 90% of vehicle owners nationwide who are eligible to do so now taxing online.  My Department’s principal objective in this regard is that the online facility should cover as wide a range of motor tax transactions as possible.  While the vast majority of vehicles can now be taxed online, there are still a small cohort of vehicles, including island vehicles, that are not enabled for online taxing due to the requirement for supporting documentation in support of a claim for a concessionary rate of tax.

There are, at any given time, a number of significant technical projects in train in respect of the National Vehicle and Driver File (the central vehicle database) and, while the development of online solutions, including verification processes, for that cohort is something that my Department would hope to progress in the future, there are no plans to do so in the short term.