Car scrappage scheme now in operation

Mayo people wishing to buy a new car this year may be eligible to participate in the State Car Scrappage Scheme, according local Fianna Fáil TD Beverley Flynn.

The scheme is now in operation and it effectively knocks €1,500 off the price of a new car when a 10-year-old car is traded against it and scrapped.

Deputy Flynn is encouraging people who are planning to change their car to check if they can take part in the scheme. “It provides for VRT relief of up to €1,500 when a new car with CO2 emissions of not more than 140g/km is bought and registered and another car, over 10 years old, is scrapped,” she said.

Among the terms included in the scheme are: the car to be scrapped must have been registered in the State for at least 18 months previous to the date of scrappage; it must be 10 years old or more from the date of first registration; and it must have been insured for use on the road for at least 12 months in the 18 months prior to the scrappage date.

“The cars being scrapped must be scrapped at an authorised treatment facility and details of the nearest ATFs are available from Mayo County Council,” concluded Dep Flynn.

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