The IFA is calling for a change in tax designation for farm quads. It is mission impossible to register and tax farm quads for limited use on public roads the association has told the Government.
The IFA say farmers are being informed that their quad is under the same section as a general haulage tractor, with an annual tax of €333, or as a private vehicle, with the tax then based on the cc of the engine. The IFA feel this is above the appropriate level of tax for a small vehicle used mainly on farms for off-road use.
There are large numbers of quads that can’t be registered and taxed for use on public roads as they are not fully compliant with the road safety standard. For the taxation of farm quads in Ireland the IFA proposes that a system similar to that which operates in the UK is introduced where quads can be registered as a light agricultural vehicle with a nil value tax disc and this means it can be only used for small distances been travelled between sites.
Farms in Ireland are all over the place with sections of land here, there and everywhere so therefore small sections of road use is required for these vehicles. For farm quads being used mainly as an off-road vehicle they should be Category T vehicles which removes the requirement for an EC Certificate of conformity at registration.