A PORTLAOISE Councillor has called on the Minister for the Environment to reverse the increase on motor tax.
Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald said people who live in rural areas would be better off, if they stayed at home on social welfare, as the cost of running a car had become so expensive.
“Anyone in the country on minimum wage knows what its costing to get into town for work. They would be better off if they stayed at home on social welfare.”
Cllr Fitzgerald said she knew the price of insurance and petrol had also increased but she said tax was a factor too.
“There’s a huge difference between rural Ireland and urban Ireland. You have no choice if you live in rural Ireland but to have a car if you have a job.”
Supporting the motion, Cathaoirleach of the Council, Cllr John Bonham said it had previously cost him €640 per year to tax his old 2006 car, but his newer car cost just €275 to tax.
“It’s cheaper for me to tax my car with a two litre engine than it is for someone driving a fiesta,” he said.