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Thousands of Irish motorists sign petition to end ‘unfair car tax system’

CarsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Thousands of Irish motorists sign petition to end ‘unfair car tax system’

Irish motorists have flocked to sign a petition which aims to challenge Ireland’s two tier car tax system.

Motorists driving cars that were registered before 2008 have to pay tax based on the size of the vehicle’s engine, whereas newer cars use a system based on CO2 emissions.

The older cubic capacity based system charges €200 for a car with an engine smaller than 1 litre, €385 for a 1.4 car, €906 for a 2.1 litre and €1,809 for anything larger than a 3 litre.

But, the issue seems to lie in the cost difference for a new CO2 rated car, where the average family car can be taxed for €280 and a 2008 2 litre BMW 3 Series can be taxed for €302. 

Now, more than  23,000 irate Irish motorists have signed an online petition to end the two tier car tax system. 

The petition can be seen here