Written Answers. - Motor Taxation.


asked the Minister for the Environment if he will remove the anomaly from the motor taxation policy whereby school minibuses and hearses which qualify for taxation exemption on engine capacity are at present liable for a higher rate of taxation.

It is assumed that the Deputy has in mind the change in the structure of motor taxation arising from the recent abolition of road tax on private cars not exceeding 16 horsepower and on motor cycles. This was in implementation of the Government's undertaking in the election manifesto, and no extension of that principle to other types of vehicles is contemplated.