Fianna Fáil Councillor for Ballymun and Finglas, Paul Mcauliffe is to seek assurances from council officals that the Ballymun motor taxation office will remain open for business. The move follows Dublin City Council’s decision to close the Nutgrove Motor Tax Office at the end of this year. “The motor tax office is a key tenant in the new Ballymun Civic Office buildings and its loss would undermine the regeneration project which the City Council is sponsoring. The office serves all the north Dublin suburbs and is part of the City Council’s plans to bring services closer to the community” said Cllr McAuliffe.
“With the increase in on-line applications there will inevitably be less need for regional offices, however there will always be a need to deal with those people who are not familiar with the internet and who may have literacy difficulties. As a member of the city council I also believe we must prioritise those offices which are located within the City Council area” said McAuliffe
The need to rationalise the Motor Tax offices operated by Dublin City Council was identified in the Dublin City Council Public Service Agreement 2010 – 2014 Action Plan of 2nd November 2010.
Further reference was made to the need to accelerate this action by the Independent Review Group on Dublin City Council Staffing (July 2011) who said “In the case of Motor Taxation the proposal by Dublin City Council to rationalise the number of Motor Tax Offices in the Dublin area under the Public Services (Croke Park) Agreement should be accelerated, with the clear objective of service cost reduction.”
An update will be circulated to Councillors on conclusion of the consultations with Motor Taxation Staff and Trade Unions.