February 28, 2007: Submission by CORI Justice to the Department of Finance on Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) and CO2 emissions
CORI Justice welcomes the decision by the Minister for Finance, Mr Brian Cowen
T.D., to undertake a review of the nature and structure of vehicle registration tax
(VRT) as announced in Budget 2007. For some time CORI Justice has advocated the
need to reform the tax system such that appropriate environmental taxes are
As we have detailed elsewhere, this view is grounded in our belief that
all development should be socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.
Reforming VRT is also appropriate in the context of government commitments to
address environmental emissions contained within The Kyoto Protocol to the United
Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (1997), the National Climate
Change Strategy (2000), Sustaining Progress (2003:39, 49) and Towards 2016 (2006:
32-33). CORI Justice also believes that these reforms are appropriate in the context of
the need to develop a fairer taxation system.
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