If you own a pre 2008 car you are been forced to pay up to €600 more than a newer car of the same engine size, this is totally unjust. Once again this is an attack on struggling families and young drivers and those on low incomes who simply cannot afford newer cars.

This system was introduced to boost new car sales and also to meet our European Union Co2 emissions requirements. As we have seen recently Volkswagen have admitted to defrauding their customers and also defrauding the state on the omissions from their cars and have set-aside billions to pay compensation for this deception.

Leitrim, Sligo, Cavan and Donegal County councils need to claim what is owed to them from this compensation and use the money to end this penal charge on older cars.