Limerick Motor Tax Department RE: gapping queries

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Limerick Motor Tax Department RE: gapping queries

Record numbers of customers have presented at Motor Tax Offices in City Hall, Lissanalta House and Newcastle West in recent weeks ahead of today’s deadline (Monday 30, September) for retrospective off-the-road declarations.

Limerick City and County Councils confirmed that staff have been redeployed from other Local Authority areas and are working longer hours to deal with unprecedented motor tax queries and applications.

Changes to the “off the road” declaration process, known more widely as “gapping”, have resulted in a significant increase in the number of applications received by the Motor Tax Department since the introduction of the legislation on 1st July 2013. A similar situation is being repeated at Motor Tax Offices throughout the country.

Motorists have until the close of business today to notify the Motor Tax Office if their vehicle has been off the road and untaxed. The new system requires a vehicle to be declared off the road in advance, and from tomorrow (Tuesday, 1 October 2013) will replace the system whereby owners declare a vehicle off the road retrospectively when seeking to tax a vehicle.

A Council spokesperson said: “Additional resources and processes were in place in anticipation of large numbers. Nonetheless, delays have been experienced by the hundreds of people who have presented in recent days. Limerick City and County Councils would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding.”

‘Frequently asked questions” relating to the new legislation are available at the Motor Tax Offices in City Hall, Lissanalta House and Newcastle West or online at www.lcc.ie.

Last update:30/09/2013

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