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Poll: Will motor tax hikes make you change/get rid of your car?

With a motor tax increase promised for a wide swathe of vehicle owners in the upcoming Budget 2012, how would that affect all you drivers out there?

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MINISTER FOR THE Environment Phil Hogan has confirmed a “restructuring” of our motor tax system as mentioned in Irish draft financial documents shown to the German parliament seen by over a week ago.

The exact details of the changes and increases won’t be revealed until Budget 2012 next Tuesday but Hogan’s comments on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics last night show that most motorists can be sure of taking a hit. The minister described the increase as an “indirect tax (that) would give people some choices in their spending”.

We want to know: if you see an increase in motor tax, would you consider changing your car/vehicle – or giving it up altogether?

Poll Results:

No, I wouldn't/couldn't change or give up my car (1174)
I'll have to wait and see the Budget to make a decision (745)
Yes, I would give up my car (291)
Yes, I would change my car to get a better tax rate (283)
I don't own a vehicle (258)

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