RENUA Ireland Deputy Leader Billy Timmins has said it is time to cut motor users a break

Mr Timmins warned that

Motorists are one of the most heavily taxed sectors of our society.

> As with other stealth charges often motor tax arrives when people least expect it.

> It is also a tax that is environmentally regressive.

> RENUA Ireland pledges to lighten the load on working people by abolishing the motor tax and replacing it with a simple levy on fuel.

> Hauliers and PSVs would have a ceiling for their activities so that they are not unduly penalised by the new system.

> We estimate the levy will be ten cents per litre.

> Moving to a levy has major cost benefits both for the state and motorists.

> This approach will bring all petrol and diesel devices into the tax net and large savings will accrue through the elimination of unnecessary bureaucracy in local authorities, the Gardaí and the Courts Service.

> It ensures that the more than 130,000 untaxed vehicles will be immediately brought into the tax net along with all other petrol and diesel-powered devices and promotes the ‘polluter pays’ principle.

> It is anticipated that on an initial basis moving to a levy will cost the state €250m.

> RENUA defends this tax break for motorists on the basis that they pay so many other taxes.

> Over the long term the changes will also pay for themselves owing to the changed nature of car ownership”

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