Dublin City Council has delivered a second economic blow to Ballymun in the space of only seven days with the news that the Motor Tax Office in Ballymun will close its doors by the end of the year. The news follows the closure of the Towers Pub last week, following the Council’s decision to demolish the shopping centre.
Responding to the news local Fianna Fail councillor Paul McAuliffe said, “The combination of the two announcements will have a real impact on the economic life of Ballymun. While both decisions may have been made for good reasons, the reality is there will now be less people coming into the area to spend money.
“While there has been physical regeneration in Ballymun, the economic plan is way behind. The Council’s plan seems to lack a coordinated approach to developing a Main Street and I have serious questions about the delivery of the plan.
“It is expected that the current premises used by the Motor Tax Office will be filled by some of the remaining businesses moving out of the shopping centre,” said McAuliffe.
Making the announcement Dublin City Council states that its Motor Tax offices have experienced a significant reduction in business since the Driver Licence (DL) processing was transferred to the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) at the end of October 2013. In addition over 75% of Dublin Motor Tax customers now pay their tax online at www.motortaxonline.ie.
Dublin City Council intends to close the Ballymun Motor Tax office on the 24/12/14 with staff reassigned across Dublin City Council to fill vacancies in other service areas.
The Smithfield office will continue to be available for transacting motor tax business. Customers may undertake their motor tax transactions online, by post, in person or by ringing 01 222 8222 and staff will undertake the online transaction where a customer has a pin and a debit/credit card but is not familiar with the online process.?