Motor Tax Rates & Fees
Current Motor Tax rates can be found on www.motortax.ie
Liability for motor tax arises when a vehicle is used in a public place / road. Motor tax discs are issued for periods of 3, 6, or 12 whole calendar months and are not issued in respect of months already elapsed. It should be noted that there is a surcharge for non-annual discs and motor tax should be paid when due, as monthly arrears are charged at one tenth of the annual rate
The amount of motor tax you pay for a car registered before 1 January 2008 is based on the size / cc of your vehicle’s engine – in other words, the more powerful your vehicle, the higher the cost of your motor tax. For new cars registered since 1 July 2008, motor tax rates are determined on the basis of CO2 emission bands – in other words, lower emissions will result in lower charges.
Cars registered between 1 January and 1 July 2008 initially had their motor tax charged on the basis of engine size. If it was beneficial for those cars to switch to the CO2 based motor tax system, this happened on the first renewal of motor tax after 1 July 2008.
This basis for applying motor tax based on cc or CO2 also applies to imported cars first registered abroad before or after the above dates.