Originally Posted by munchkin_utd
What they get in their pocket and what it "costs" is 2 different things.
To setup a workplace and to provide the backup services for it is not free. IT support is not cheap and the extra offices (and the lighting/ heating/ cleaning) needed to house the extra staff that are needed to provide this (free) service is not free either.
With 300,000 cars off the road, if you take 50 weeks of the offices being open thats 1200 cars a day to be registered.
(now not all will hit the system every year, but some will be registrered and de registered multiple times so 300k is not a bad figure of the nr of transactions)
Some cases will be straightforward and take a minute to process but some would need extensive following up, letter written phone calls made etc.
25euro is probably over the cost of what it costs, but its not free either!
I feel somewhat sorry for the vintage folks who only have their cars out in the summer but maybe they could be given a lower transaction fee OR take a leaf out of the german system that allows a vehicle to be taxed as on the road for a part of the year, but recurringly. i.e. car is only ever on the road from April to September so thats even incorporated into the numberplate that the car isnt to be used all year round.
Or maybe it should be free like water?
Water that costs 1billion euro a year to provide.
But no, thats supposed to be free and magically paid for by someone else too.
complete PS justification bull****.
What about the 300,000 cars they're NOT processing tax for ? Can we stop paying them for that time, as well ? You can't have it both ways. This is the garbage thinking that Revenue have on VRT quotes as well - they don't do them anymore as they are 'too busy' - official reason I got, in writing, from Ms Feehily, btw.
And I don't buy the IT is not free line, either. The IT capability already exists, through motortax.ie, and the there is no cost to having owners declare their stuff off the road, as it's the owner/public who'd be doing it.
Any mention of IT cost and the PS - PPARS, HSE, anyone ?
Not to mention of course, all the cars/bikes/etc that are off the road - for years, which they don't have 'live' on the system. It's like the HH tax - they're just using the public to do the legwork for them, and to create the database stick they'll then come around to beat you with.
Of course, the real answer is fair and equitable tax, instead. Imagine that - the PS don't want to spend any time or effort doing anything constructive like that though, would they ?