Disgraceful: Government considering taxing drivers on distance travelled instead of paying excise duty on fuel consumed – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views
August 14, 2018

Disgraceful: Government considering taxing drivers on distance travelled instead of paying excise duty on fuel consumed

Between outrageously high VRT charges, ridiculously high car tax, it really just feels like if you like driving in Ireland at all, that the Irish government have it in for you.

But now there’s a ridiculous possibility of a new tax on distance travelled rather than fuel consumption.

The Irish Government is said to be considering the idea of taxing motorists by the distance they travel, instead of paying excise duty on fuel consumed.

The reasoning behind the idea is that cars are steadily becoming more fuel-efficient, which will mean reduced tax intake for the Exchequer.

If implemented, the new taxing system would immediately put those with a long daily commute at a disadvantage.

The concept would be extremely difficult to actually implement and manage, which means it will likely not happen anytime soon.

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