European Law could see VRT cases reviewed

European Law could see VRT cases reviewed
A European Court ruling could call into question the legitmacy of prosecutions ndertaken for motorists failing to have paid VRT.

A European Court ruling could call into question the legitmacy of prosecutions ndertaken for motorists failing to have paid VRT.

A ruling which was made by the European Court of Justice in 2012 states that a State cannot charge registration tax on a vehicle if that vehicle is not being used on a permanent basis in that State.

This would have particular resonance in border counties such as Louth, where motorists driving cars with Northern regs are often prosecuted for not paying VRT in the Republic.

Marian Harkin MEP has written to Minister Noonan and is asking him if he will amend Irish legislation .

“If the Minister does not respond by changing the legislation immediately a complaint will be made to the European Commission to insist that Ireland amends its legislation”, the Independent MEP said.

“Furthermore there is a situation where citizens have been fined on the spot or by the courts in the last few years and these fines were in error in that they were contrary to EU legislation”, she said.

“In my view...the Irish state was illegally fining citizens in the situation described in the Court ruling. These citizens deserve to be recompensed,” she added concluding that he Minister should act to address the situation immediately.