The Motor Tax Rates for Goods Vehicles are based on the unladen weight of the vehicle.
To tax a vehicle as a goods vehicle for the first time, you will need:
1. Application Form RF100 RF100A (English)if the vehicle is new or imported – this form will be available from the motor dealer if the vehicle is new or, from the NCT Centre if the vehicle is imported.
Application Form RF111 (English) if the vehicle has been converted to a goods vehicle and Advice of Conversion Form etc. must be enclosed – see the information on converting a vehicle here.
2. A Weight Docket from an Authorised Weighbridge if the unladen weight is not shown on the RF100 Form or has changed since registration.
3. Goods Only Declaration Form for vehicles under 3,500 kg – and documentary proofs.
4. Appropriate fee
To renew motor tax on your goods vehicle, you will need:
1. Completed Renewal Form RF100A (English) or RF100B Form
2. Appropriate fee
To renew motor tax after a change in ownership of a goods vehicle, you will need:
1. Change of Ownership Form RF200 (English) fully completed by seller and buyer for vehicles first registered prior to 1/1/1993 OR Vehicle Registration Certificate fully completed by seller and buyer for vehicles registered after 1/1/1993
2. Change of Particulars Form RF111 (English) if any of the vehicle particulars have been changed by the new owner. If the vehicle has a separate trailer, a weight docket will be required - the vehicle should be weighed with the heaviest trailer with which it will be used.
3. Renewal Form RF100A (English) fully completed with insurance and renewal payment details
4. Goods Only Declaration Form for vehicles under 3,500 kgs – and documentary proofs.
5. Appropriate Fee
GOODS ONLY DECLARATION FORM:
To qualify for taxing a vehicle at the goods rate, a vehicle must be used solely in the course of the owner’s business or trade, and not used at any time for social, domestic or pleasure purposes. The owner must complete a Goods Only Declaration Form at a Garda Station to confirm this:
• at first taxing of a new light goods vehicle
• after change of ownership of a light goods vehicle
• at any renewal of motor tax at the discretion of the Motor Tax Office
The following documentary proofs must be submitted:
a) If you are a farmer:
I. Please submit any letter or document you have received from the Department of Agriculture over the last year clearly showing your Herd Number and you as the Herd Owner.
Note: persons who state any other animal or poultry-related trade or business must prove this is a business activity rather than a hobby, therefore, the requirements listed at b) underneath apply.
b) If you are otherwise self-employed, a Sole Trader or Company:
I. Please submit any letter or document you have received from the Revenue Commissioners over the last year clearly showing your trade or business is registered for tax purposes, i.e.
- New businesses who have not yet submitted returns to Revenue Commissioners;- please submit notice of registration for Income Tax or VAT
- For all other ongoing businesses;- please submit correspondence regarding your Self-Assessment or VAT returns or
II. If your vehicle is registered in your Limited Company Name, you may submit a printed copy of your current eTax Clearance Certificate for the Company.
c) If you are an employee:
I. Please submit a payslip, dated within the last 6 weeks, showing your name, PPS Number, and the name of your employer
II. A current letter from your employer on their official headed paper confirming:
- The nature of their trade or business and the goods you are carrying
- That you are required to carry these goods in your vehicle (registration number to be stated on letter) in the course of your employment by them
There is no longer a requirement for an owner to present their current Pass Statement or Certificate of Roadworthiness to the Motor Tax Office as vehicle testing details are updated by the Road Safety Authority. Under vehicle testing regulations, a goods vehicle (EU categories N for motor vehicles or O for trailers) is a vehicle constructed or adapted primarily for the carrying of goods or burden of any description, whether or not it is used for such a purpose, therefore, all goods vehicles must complete an annual roadworthiness test in a Commercial Vehicle Test Centre, regardless of how the vehicle is taxed. This includes vehicles such as car vans and 4x4 vehicles converted for goods use. For more information on commercial vehicle testing, please contact the Commercial Vehicle Testing Section of the Road Safety Authority at 091 872600, firstname.lastname@example.org or at www.rsa.ie
As motor tax rates for goods vehicles are based on unladen weight, this must be confirmed on a Weight Docket which must issue from an Authorised Weighbridge appointed for this purpose by a local authority. A Weight Docket is required upon the first taxing of a vehicle, after any alterations to the vehicle, or may be requested at any time at the discretion of the Motor Tax Office. The Authorised Weighbridges in Galway city and county are:
Bord na Mona, Attymon, Athenry
City Bin Company, Glenascaul, Claregalway Road, Oranmore
Galway County Council, Glenascaul, Oranmore
Harbour Commissioners, New Docks, Galway
Note: when weighing an articulated unit for the first time, or after each change of ownership, it must be weighed with the heaviest trailer it is likely to draw during the taxing period.