The chaotic scenes at the motor tax office in Clonmel which saw queues out on the street were condemned by Deputy Mattie McGrath.
Independent TD Mattie McGrath has condemned as an utter disaster the failure of the Department of the Environment to properly inform people of the deadline for tax compliance under the new Non-Use of Motor Vehicle Act 2013 which came into effect on Monday.
Deputy McGrath was speaking after tension filled scenes were witnessed in the Motor Tax office in Clonmel as hundreds of people attempted to register their non-use of vehicles before incurring significant fines and penalties.
“What we witnessed in Clonmelon Monday was nothing short of absurd. Hundreds of people flooded the office and this created a very fraught atmosphere. I have been calling on Minister Hogan to make it explicitly clear in the most unambiguous way possible that people will be dealt with in a very pragmatic manner when it comes to acting within the deadline. Instead they have been deafeningly silent on the matter and this has contributed enormously to the panic and sense of urgency which we witnessed in the Tax Office. It beggars belief that the Department failed to conduct any kind of meaningful public awareness about the new provisions and changes aimed at enforcing tax compliance. Instead they have chosen to sit back and allow this kind of situation to develop which could have easily been avoided,” said Deputy McGrath.The stampede of worried and anxious motorists could have been avoided he said.