Motor Tax on cars and motorbikes was untouched in Budget 2016 – but there were some big reductions in the tax on commercial vehicles.
The motor tax is based on the weight of the vehicle – and some larger lorries are currently charged as much as €5195 road tax a year.
The scheme has been simplified to just 4 levels of motor tax. The loss of revenue for the government is estimated at €45 million a year – but it is hoped it will encourage more haulage companies to base here rather then in Northern Ireland.
This is a summary of the commercial vehicle road tax amounts from 2016
Weight kg 2016 Tax
Under 3000 €333 (no change)
3001 to 4000 €420 (no change)
4001 to 12000 €500 (was €543 to €2490)
12001 plus €900 (was up to €5195)