Call for online Car Tax Renewal in NI


The Northern Ireland Assembly will today discuss the issue of online car tax renewal in Northern Ireland.  The proposed motion will call on the Minister of the Environment to bring forward proposals to address this problem.

Drivers in England are able to renew their car tax online while in Northern Ireland drivers must travel to their nearest Vehicle Licensing Office or find a post office which deals with car tax and wait for the tax disk to arrive by post.  Speaking ahead of the debate Simon Hamilton MLA told the BBC "as technology advances more and more this anomaly with car tax will look even more ridiculous."

Drivers in Northern Ireland driving their vehicle without a valid road tax disk face an automatic fine of £80 and a minimum fine of £1,000 if the case goes to Court.  The government recently changed the law so that fines can be issued without catching a driver using the vehicle on the road.

Commenting on the story Wilson Nesbitt’s Gary Adair, solicitor, said:

“In order to tax your car you must have a valid MOT and Insurance Certificate.  The government use the system to catch drivers who are driving without insurance and driving without a valid vehicle test certificate.  However because it is so difficult to renew your car tax in Northern Ireland they also criminalise people who were simply too busy to visit the licensing office or whose tax disk is in the post.  Those who are not driving their vehicles should remember to declare them as off the road to DVLNI to avoid a fine.”

If you live in Northern Ireland and require legal advice in respect of a motoring offence, contact Wilson Nesbitt solicitors in Belfast or Bangor by calling freephone number 0800 840 0546 .