Farmers and farm contractors are having problems paying their annual commercial road tax renewals on vans and commercial 4x4s following a tightening up of regulations by some local authorities.

The Irish Farmers Journal has been contacted by a number of owners who have been refused renewal of their commercial 4x4 road tax at the rate of €333. In one case in Meath, the local taxation office was demanding a much higher passenger car tax rate, based on the older vehicle’s engine cubic capacity, which is more expensive than the newer CO2-rated motor tax system introduced in July 2008.