There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding the new motor taxation system being introduced in Ireland at the start of July 2008, so I did a little research of my own to see what impact, if any, this will have on me (and my family). I found the answers to most of my questions on the Citizens Information website and for me, it basically boils down to this:
- Cars registered before 1 January 2008 will continue to pay motor tax on the basis of engine size.
- New cars registered from 1 July 2008 will pay motor tax charges on the basis of seven CO2 emissions.
- The CO2 emissions are measured in terms of grammes of Carbon Dioxide emitted per kilometer travelled, or gCO2/km.
- There are 7 different bands of emissions, ranging in price from â‚¬100 to â‚¬2,00.
So for me (and most others I know) nothing changes in the short term and we will continue to pay motor tax based on the older system of engine size, which ironically increased its rates in January 2008. Only when we trade up to a car newer than July 2008 will these changes affect us.