Queues of people poured out of the motor tax office in Clonmel last Friday, as they tried to register their non-use of vehicles, under the new Non-Use of Motor Vhicle Act 2013.
The situation was condemned by independent TD Mattie McGrath who said the â€˜utter disasterâ€™ at the office was down to the failure of the environment department to properly inform people of the deadline for tax compliance, which came into effect last Monday.
â€œWhat we witnessed in Clonmel was nothing short of absurd. Hundreds of people flooded the office and this created a very fraught atmosphere,â€ he said.
Deputy McGrath called on Minister Phil Hogan and the Department to immediately engage in a wide ranging public awareness campaign to inform people that failure to register by the deadline will be met with practical reassurance in terms of fines and penalties. Meanwhile Deputy Tom Hayes advised farmers that in the case of an untaxed tractor, which is not being used on the road but is already registered, the owner should have completed the retrospective form, signed by a Garda, and have posted it to the motor tax office by September 30. This would have ensured that arrears are not accrued when the tractor is put on the road at a later date. For a tractor that is not registered, there is no need to do anything.