Please note, a factcheck was carried out by the journal.ie on this article and found it to be inaccurate. We reported that Ukrainians are driving predominantly high-end cars up and down Irish motorways and roads without having to pay car tax for this jurisdiction or car insurance here, but no, Ukrainian drivers aren’t exempt from Irish laws or the need to be insured here. This article has been heavily amended to reflect the factcheck carried out here.
They can apply for a temporary car tax exemption, as stated here in the journal’s report, but they must have their car insured if they’re driving on Irish roads. Insurance companies differ on this, but generally a Ukrainian registered car can get some sort of car insurance cover when it’s being driven in Ireland.
Images have circulated on whatsapp of UA registered cars being dumped in disabled bays with witnesses saying the driver jumps our and runs into the shop, but no evidence shows that the driver isn’t disabled or has a disabled person with them or a badge in the window.
Others say they’ve seen Ukrainian registered cars valued at well over €100,000 driving at high speeds on motorways, but there’s no video evidence of this occurring.
It’s not clear if these UA registered cars are paying car tax that Irish road users are forced to pay by law – otherwise you’d end up before a judge, but if they are driving in Ireland then their car should be taxed if they’re not exempt.
Many people on social media are saying that they’re getting sick and tired of everything being handed to Ukrainians while the good honest, hardworking Irish man and woman are struggling. They feel there’s one rule for them and another for Ukrainians, however, when it comes to car tax and insurance – the same applies for all. Their UA registered cars must be insured and they must be car tax unless exempt.
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