Motor tax increase meets with strong opposition06/12/2002 - 09:42:39
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry has described the latest car tax rises were "savage".
Chief executive Cyril McHugh said Irish motorists are paying enough already for what is a necessity, not a luxury.
"The motorist in Ireland already pays more than €4m a year in taxation, and this kind of a hike is horrendous. I think the motor car has historically been regarded as a luxury, but it is now a necessity in everybody's lives. We have to get a change of attitude from the Government."
The Labour Party’s Eamon Gilmore said the move was another part of this week's budget, and calling it "another stealth tax".
Meanwhile, economists have predicted the motor tax rises, together with the budget changes, would further hinder Government efforts to keep down the Irish rate of inflation - at 4.6% already the highest in the European Union.
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