Under new legislation being prepared, motorists who haven’t paid their road tax but who want their vehicles immobilised will be able to do so simply by presenting a sworn statement in court.
According to data from the Road Transport Department (RTD), road tax has not been paid for some 143,000 vehicles, for a total amount of €53m.
But the department has to sift through its records to differentiate between those owners who do not care to renew their road tax but for a variety of reasons have failed to notify authorities.
A number of motorists have secured an immobilisation certificate but did not file it in time with the RTD. Other cases that come up as unpaid road tax involve stolen vehicles, or vehicles taken abroad but not so declared, cars that have been wrecked.
Following a session of the House transport committee on Thursday, committee chairman and MP Antonis Antoniou said the RTD has been given an extension of three weeks to consider ways of putting the issue in order.
At the next House plenary, lawmakers plan also to pass a bill allowing road tax defaulters to pay the fee in up to twelve monthly installments, with no late fees or penalties.
“Our intention is to treat everyone fairly…so that we can help out people who are recorded as owing large amounts of money through no fault of their own, other than their failure to declare that their car has been immobilized,” Antoniou told reporters.