SEVEN vehicles were seized for Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) offences and seven detections were made for green diesel in a two-day operation by Revenue officers in Dunmanway.Â
The routine operation on the R586 by the town's graveyard was carried out in conjunction with An Garda SiochÃ¡na and primarily targeted non-compliance with VRT obligations and use of green diesel.
âIn the course of the recent operation, officers challenged 64 vehicles for VRT offences, seven of which were seized. Also 440 vehicles were sampled for green diesel and seven detections were made,' said a Revenue spokesperson.
âGreen diesel attracts a low rate of excise duty and its use in ordinary road vehicles is illegal. Tackling shadow economy activity in all its forms, including any form of mineral oil (green diesel) fraud is a key priority in Revenue's drive to maximise compliance and protect legitimate trade. The maximum penalty on summary conviction for a first offence is â¬5,000.'
The Revenue spokesperson added that evasion of tax and excise duty is illegal.
âIf your readers know someone is evading tax or excise, or involved in smuggling, they should report it to Revenue on the Confidential Freephone 1800 295 295,' they added.