By Constantinos Psillides
THE Road Transport department (RTD) has started renewing road taxes as of Wednesday, with around 90 per cent of vehicle owners expected to pay their circulation tax by February 9.
Failure to meet the deadline will entail a €30 fine plus 10 per cent of the tax amount.
The tax can be paid through the RTD’s website or at cooperative and commercial banks, citizen bureau centres, post offices, or at the RTD.
A valid MOT road-worthiness certificate is necessary for renewal.
The RTD also expects to see a surge in idle car declarations. Following a bill passed by the House of Representatives last November, owners of immobilised vehicles will be spared the road tax if they file an application to have the vehicle declared immobile.
Daily Phileleftheros reported yesterday that applications for idle vehicles will surpass the 70,000 mark.
Vehicle owners who have not paid their road tax for the last three years, on vehicles they are no longer using, will not be subjected to a road tax if they file an application with RTD or give a sworn statement in court to verify that the vehicle is no longer in use.
This applies to vehicles not used, vehicles that were destroyed in accidents and even vehicles that were bought but the previous owner had neglected to pay the road tax.
Sparing owners of idle vehicles, the road tax was deemed a necessity by the RTD, due to the high number of people refusing to pay the circulation tax on vehicles they no longer use.
The RTD estimates that around 135,000 owners have an outstanding debt on 143,000 vehicles, which amounts to €53m owed in unpaid road tax. The government has so far received a fraction of that amount, just €9.5m, since only 28,000 owners settled their debt.
It is expected that those who have already paid the road tax on their immobilised vehicle will be refunded.
Police warned the public that checks will begin on February 10.