Newspaper stories this morning (24th August) implied that motor tax rules for commercial vehicles would be changed and that drivers of commercial vehicles would face ‘fines or even imprisonment’ if they used their vehicles for non-commercial, domestic or pleasure purposes. This presented the prospect that a plumber or carpenter could be fined for driving his van to mass on a Sunday, a prospect that the AA denounced as unfair and unenforceable.
The AA has received clarification from the Department of the Environment subsequently which makes it clear that there is no change to existing regulations.
The only thing that is new is that when first taxing a vehicle as a commercial vehicle you must provide a Revenue Registration Number and may be asked for support documentation. Nothing else has changed.
The full text of the Department of the Environment’s clarification to the AA is given below:
No change to Motor tax regime for commercial vehicles – Department of the Environment
There has been no change in motor tax regime for commercial vehicles.
The Department earlier this month issued a circular on the rules and regulations regarding motor tax for commercial vehicles, following an increase in the number of vehicles switching from private motor tax classes to commercial vehicle classes.
Owners of vehicles currently taxed for commercial purposes face no additional requirements regarding forms or declarations.
The RF111A Goods Declaration, which requires applicants to make a declaration the vehicle will be used for commercial purposes, has always been a requirement when first taxing a small commercial vehicle. One change has been made to Form RF111A – it now requires an applicant who is applying for a vehicle to be taxed at the goods rate to provide a Revenue registration identity number. This is to help ensure that the appropriate rate of tax is paid.
Circulars on a variety of areas from planning to councils are issued on a regular basis by the department, and this circular was in no way out of the ordinary.