SINN Féin Environment Spokesperson Brian Stanley called on the Fine Gael/Labour Government to reverse the decision of the last Fianna Fáil/Green Party Government to impose a new tax on the owners of commercial vehicles.
Under the new rules, licence holders with commercially registered vehicles are penalised if they use their vehicle for purposes other than work. In order to carry out family or leisure tasks, they are supposed to have private vehicle tax.
Deputy Stanley has been inundated with complaints from across the State and has described the situation as a mess. “One thing that has to be said about the last Government is that they demonstrated great ingenuity in inventing new ways to take money off people. There is absolutely no good reason that I can see for this new tax rule. Many small business people and indeed employees use commercial vehicles for purposes other than work. Indeed in many instances a commercial vehicle is the only means of transport that people have.
“The last Government in introducing this new tax and this Government in implementing it are targeting many people who are already finding things difficult. It has also imposed considerable extra burdens on the Gardaí who surely have better things to do than stopping workers in their vehicles and interrogating them on whether they are working or going to the local club match or dropping their mother to Mass.
“The Fine Gael/Labour Government must abolish this ridiculous tax.”