Vehicles impounded for being out of tax

Motorists are being warned to ensure they have up-to-date motor tax or face having their vehicle impounded by the State.

Motorists are being warned to ensure they have up-to-date motor tax or face having their vehicle impounded by the State.

The news comes just days after a number of vehicles around Co Leitrim were seized for being out of tax.

Gardai now have the power to seize a vehicle if motor tax has not been paid for two consecutive months, a drop from the three month threshold previously in force.

Following changes to legislation the Gardai also have the power to seize foreign registered vehicles if they are of the opinion that vehicle is being used without proof it has passed a roadworthiness test.

Once seized a vehicle will be held in an impound yard for six weeks until back tax is paid and all documentation is regularised.

Motorists will then have to pay all additional costs for the impounding and storage of their vehicle on top of any fines incurred by failing to have motor tax in the first place.

If the registered owner fails to back tax the vehicle and fails to pay the fines the State can apply to seize the car and this means they will, ultimately, have the power to scrap or sell your vehicle.

With Revenue now actively sharing information with other agencies such as the Gardai it is now virtually impossible to get away with leaving your vehicle for any period of time without tax and Gardai are urging everyone to ensure their motor tax is up to date.

Revenue has also told the Leitrim Observer they will be continuing operations targeting motorists using agricultural fuel in their vehicles.

Those purchasing cars outside the state but who fail to re-register and pay the appropriate Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) in the Republic will also be targetted by Revenue.