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Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) and CO2 emissions

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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