Fianna Fáil TD for Kildare North Frank O’Rourke says waiting times for Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) inspections for imported vehicles have soared in the wake of Brexit. VRT is a tax which must be paid when a vehicle is first registered in Ireland, which includes imported vehicles.

Deputy O’Rourke commented, “The waiting times for VRT inspections have skyrocketed following the Brexit referendum. Information provided to me by The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that in 2016 Ireland experienced a 51% increase on the previous year of used imported vehicles. A similar increase is expected over the next two years.

“This sudden increase has overwhelmed the system which is currently in place to carry out VRT inspections. Additional resources need to be put in place to clear the current backlog and to ensure people can access an inspection within a reasonable timeframe over the next two years.

“The delay in accessing VRT inspections is not only having a negative impact on the motor industry. It is also affecting companies who rely on importing specialist vehicles from Britain to carry out their work. This is hampering job creation and is creating unnecessary difficulties for companies seeking to expand their operations.

“Broadly speaking the system in place to deal with VRT inspections has served us well down through the years. However it was never envisaged that it would have to deal with a sudden spike in imported vehicles associated with Brexit. This is why additional resources need to be put in place until the number of imported vehicles returns to a normal level,” concluded Deputy O’Rourke.