Possible futures for car tax

Closed 2 Mar 2018

Opened 19 Jan 2018

Feedback Updated 26 Jun 2018

We Asked

For people’s opinions on the collection of road tax and how the system may be modernised as the collection of road tax has become increasingly complicated, with the current system containing more than 80 different payment categories.

You Said

More than 600 responses were received. Comments from a number of individuals suggested duty should be placed on fuel, even though the consultation document included an explanation as to why this is not possible.  Many other suggestions were made including use a flat rate, all users should pay, incentivise use of public transport and many others.

We Did

A commitment was expressed within the consultation document to introduce road tax payments by instalments and to assess new licensing technology. The Department will now consider the responses and develop options for Departmental consideration by the end of the summer.

Results Updated 14 Jun 2018



The consultation is about how the Department of Infrastructure generates revenue to build and maintain the road network. 

Current provisions are becoming more and more complicated and we need to develop better, more modern ways to fund road maintenance.

Why We Are Consulting

To inform the public of the current issues and to encourage their ideas of how we can develop this area.

What Happens Next

Results of the consultation will be used to determine how we develop policy going forward in this area.


  • All Areas


  • Road users
  • Visitors & tourists


  • Policies, strategies & plans
  • Tax
  • Roads, parking & pavements