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Record number of cars to remain off the roads

While the state coffers are expected to swell by up to €100 million in road taxes in 2017, applications for the immobilisation of a total number of 85,000 cars have been submitted to the Road Traffic Department (RTD) so far – a new record.

Monday saw state revenue increase by €1 million as the payment period for 2017 road taxes took effect.

Drivers are for the first time able to pay road tax for 3, 6, 9 and 12 months and the last day for payment is Saturday, March 11.

RTD figures show that immobilisation of tourist rented cars are at normal levels for the time of year, 2,000 of which will gradually with the approach of the summer tourist season be re-introduced to the island’s roads after the relevant taxes have been paid.

Figures released by the RTD show that a total of 1,200 twin-cabin LUVs are among the immobilised cars, but large engine luxury vehicles do not feature predominantly as only 800 cars over 2.600cc have been declared immobile while only 300 cars registered since 2003 with engines between 2000cc and 2600cc have been declared immobile.

The RTD will in due course conduct a series of spot inspections to determine whether cars that have been declared as ‘immobile’ are in fact in the areas which they are supposed to be and special attention will be given to cars with high road taxes.

In the meantime, two legislative amendments are being prepared; the first will see cars without road tax being deregistered for one year as opposed to the current three years while the second ensures stricter procedures to ensure cars are actually immobile.

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