Just one car tax office in city by end of the year
DUBLIN is to be left with just a single motor tax office next year following a major review of the service by the city council.
The council's Head of Finance Kathy Quinn has announced the closure of the Ballymun motor tax office, just months after the offices in Clondalkin and Nutgrove were also shut.
The move means that Smithfield motor tax office in the inner city will serve the whole of Dublin from next year.
Ms Quinn told councillors this week that the decision to shut the offices came as a result of a major increase in the number of customers availing of online motor tax services.
The senior council official said the activity in the offices also fell following changes to the driver license system.
"Dublin City Council Motor Tax offices have experienced a significant reduction in business since the Driver Licence (DL) processing was transferred to the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) at the end of October 2013," Ms Quinn said.
"In addition, over 75pc or Dublin Motor Tax customers now tax online at www.motortaxonline.ie. Also the option of taking a car off the road retrospectively is no longer possible therefore customers can take their car off the road for an advanced period by using the online service," she added.
Ms Quinn said staff from the office will be reassigned across Dublin City Council to fill vacancies in other service areas.
But the move to shut one of Dublin's two remaining offices was strongly criticised last night by Fianna Fail.
Party councillor Tom Brabazon told the Herald that the office is relied on by a substantial number of motorists, including the elderly.
"While I accept that more and more people are using the service via the internet, motor tax offices have been in existence for such a long time and are relied on by many constituents," Mr Brabazon said.
The Donaghmede councillor said he believes moves to continually close motor tax offices will leave the city worse off. The Ballymun office is due to close on Christmas Eve," according to the council.