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Off-the-road motor fee to be abolished; REVENUE.

CHEATING drivers will no longer be able to claim their cars were off the road to avoid motor tax.

Environment Minister Phil Hogan is closing the loophole which costs the State EUR75million a year in lost revenue.

Mr Hogan said the off-the-road declaration "is effectively unverifiable and open to abuse" and has expressed concerns about the high level of forms being presented.

He added: "I intend to provide that drivers will be able to declare their intention to keep their vehicle off-the-road in advance."

AA Ireland's Conor Faughnan said the proposed new system will be better and fairer than what is in place currently.

He added: "The Minister's proposal brings clarity to the situation."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 20, 2012
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