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Procedure for declaring a vehicle off the road

Procedure for declaring a vehicle off the road

If your vehicle is not going to be in use, and will not be kept in a public place, you may declare it off the road by completing Form RF150 and submitting it to your local motor tax office. Form RF150 can be downloaded here: RF150 - Declaration of Non-UseIt is also available at your local motor tax office and can be requested via motortax@mayococo.ie .

You may also make a declaration of non use online, please click here.

 

The Non Use of Vehicles Act 2013 is the relevant Act which covers making a declaration of non use of a vehicle.

 A Declaration can be made for a period of between three and 12 months.

 The declaration for a vehicle must be made in advance during the last month

  • of the current tax disc for the vehicle or
  • of the current declaration of non-use for the vehicle

 The purchaser of a new or imported vehicle must make the declaration within 21 days of the date of registration of the vehicle with the Revenue Commissioners

 In the case of a new or imported vehicle, the first month of the period specified in the declaration must be the month in which the vehicle is registered. So, if a person registers  a vehicle on 30th June, the declaration must start on 1st June for at least 3 months.

 The purchaser of a second hand second hand vehicle must make the declaration within 21 days of the date of acquisition  of the vehicle, ie the date given on the Notification of Transfer of Vehicle Ownership.

 In the case of a change of ownership, the first month of the period specified in the declaration must be the month in which ownership of the vehicle is transferred. So, if ownership of a vehicle transfers on 30th June, the declaration must start on 1st June for at least 3 months.

If the owner of a vehicle wishes to use the vehicle on the road prior to the expiry of a declaration of non-use, he/she may do so  by taxing  the vehicle concerned from the start of the month in which  the vehicle is put back on the road.

A vehicle may be used during a period covered by a non use declaration solely for the purpose of bringing the vehicle to a test centre for a test (NCT or CRW) or to premises for repairs prior to a test provided an appointment is in place for the vehicle for the test.

 Once a vehicle changes ownership, a non use declaration ceases.

 It is an offence to make a false or misleading non-use declaration with liability to a Class B fine (€4,000) and/or six months imprisonment on summary conviction.

 

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