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Motor Tax rates in Ireland were last increased in the 2013 Budget - the current Irish motor tax rates were effective from January 1st 2013 and are shown below. Some car tax rates were increased by 25% compared to the 2012 rates.

It is estimated that about 5% of cars on the road in Ireland are not taxed . This would equate to an under collection of motor tax in the region of 50 million per annum.
The total amount of motor tax paid by Irish car owners in 2012 was €1.054 Billion. The number of taxed vehicles as at Dec 2012 was 2.4 Million - so that is an average motor tax per vehicle of €439.

In 2012 €418.5 million of road tax was allocated to the Dept of Transport who spent €14 million on running the Dept and Road Safety . The other €404 million was allocated to road repair/building. The rest of the road tax - about €560 million was given to local authorities for the upkeep of roads.

Car Tax Rates in Ireland
for all cars registered after July 2008 are based on CO2 emissions. The lower CO2 emission - the lower the rate of car tax. If a vehicle was registered before July 2008 - the car tax is based on engine size.
Al the car tax rates and bands were revised in January 2013 and new bands were introduced - see below for latest figures.

New Motor Tax Banding System Introduced in 2013 - For Cars Registered after July 2008

Band + CO2 Emission Rate Full Year 6 Months 3 months
A0 Zero €120 66 33
A1 1-80g €170 94 48
A2 More than 80g/km up to and incl 100 €180 99 50
A3 More than 100g/km up to 110g/km €190 105 53
A4 More than 110g/km up to 120g/km €200 111 56
B1 More than 120g/km up to 130g/km €270 149 76
B2 More than 130g/km up to 140g/km €280 155 79
C More than 140g/km up to 155g/km €390 216 110
D More than 155g/km up to 170g/km €570 316 161
E More than 170g/km up to 190g/km €750 416 211
F More than 190g/km up to 225g/km €1200 666 339
G More than 225g/km €2350 1304 663

Cars registered before July 2008 continue to be have their motor tax based on the size of their engine.
Listed below are the 2013 car tax rates in Ireland for cars registered before July 2008.


Engine Capacity (c.c. Full Year Car Tax 2013 6 Months 3 Months
not over 1000 199 110 56
1,001 to 1,100 299 165 84
1,101 to 1,200 330 183 93
1,201 to 1,300 358 198 101
1,301 to 1,400 385 213 108
1,401 to 1,500 413 229 116
1,501 to 1,600 514 285 145
1,601 to 1,700 544 301 153
1,701 to 1,800 636 352 179
1,801 to 1,900 673 373 190
1,901 to 2,000 710 394 200
2,001 to 2,100 906 502 255
2,101 to 2,200 951 527 268
2,201 to 2,300 994 551 280
2,301 to 2,400 1034 573 292
2,401 to 2,500 1080 599 305
2,501 to 2,600 1294 718 365
2,601 to 2,700 1345 746 379
2,701 to 2,800 1391 772 391
2,801 to 2,900 1443 800 407
2,901 to 3,000 1494 829 422
3,001 or more 1809 1003 511

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