2013-09-27 20:05:32 - Record numbers of customers presented at the Ennis and Ennistymon Motor Tax Offices today (Friday 27th, September), the second last day for retrospective off-the-road declarations.
Changes to the “off the road” declaration process, known more widely as “gapping”, have resulted in a 56% increase in the number of applications received by Clare County Council’s Motor Tax Department since the introduction of the legislation on 1st July 2013. Motorists have until the close of business this coming Monday (30 September 2013) to notify Clare Motor Tax Office if their vehicle has been off the road and untaxed.
The new system requires a vehicle to be declared off the road in advance, and from 30th September will replace the system whereby owners declare a vehicle off the road retrospectively when seeking to tax a vehicle. Environment Minister Phil Hogan, T.D., said this evening that the deadline for submitting
Non-Use of Motor Vehicle forms will not be extended.
Administrative office, Fiona Mooney said: “Additional resources and processes were in place in anticipation of large numbers. Nonetheless, delays were experienced by the hundreds of people who presented this week. On Monday 30th September, further additional resources and processes will be in place.”
“Clare County Council acknowledges that some customers experienced delays in doing their business with us today and we would like to thank the public for bearing with us. The huge volumes of customers experienced in Ennis and Ennistymon is reflected in all the motor tax offices throughout the country. I wish to also take this opportunity to praise the work of all the hardworking motor tax and driving licence staff in both Ennis and Ennistymon,” added Ms. Mooney.
‘Frequently asked questions” relating to the new legislation are available at the Motor Tax Office at the off the road information desk, or from www.clarecoco.ie.