Car Tax Rates Ireland

Car Tax Rates Ireland 2017

Car Tax rates in Ireland were last increased in the 2013 Budget – so the current 2017 rates of Irish Motor Tax  have been the same since January 2013.
The total amount of car tax paid by all motorists in Ireland in 2015 was €1.2 Billion Euro. There were 2.57 million vehicles in Ireland in that year – so the average motor tax per vehicle was €466 a year.

The rate of motor tax for private cars registered before July 2008  is assessed on the basis of engine size.For cars first registered after July 2008 the tax is assessed on the basis of engine CO2 emissions.

The table below shows the car tax rates for the various levels of CO2 emissions: (Only used for cars registered after July 2008)

Tax Band
/ CO2 Emission Rate
Car Tax for
Full Year
Car Tax for
6 Months
Car Tax for
3 Months
 A : Zero Co2  €120  €66  €33
 A1: 1 to 80g  €170  €94  €48
 A2: 81g to 100g  €180  €99  €50
 A3: 101g to 110g  €190 € 105  €53
 A4: 111g to120g € 200  €111  €56
 B1:121g to 130g €270  €149  €76
 B2 : 131g t0 140g € 280  €155  €79
 C: 141g to 155g € 390  €215  €110
 D: 156g to 170g € 570  €316  €161
 E: 171g to 190g €750  €416  €211
F: 191g to 225g € 1200  €666  €339
G:Over 225g € 2350  €1304  €663

The aim of the move to an emissions basis was to encourage the use of
cleaner, more fuel -efficient cars to help protect the environment and improve local air quality. The proportion of new private vehicles in the lowest emission band (Band A) has increased from 13% in 2009 to 72% in 2015.

For cars registered before July 2008 the motor tax is determined by engine size as detailed in the table below. These rates are valid for 2017.

Engine Size (cc) Car Tax for
Full Year
Car Tax for
6 Months
Car Tax for
3 Months
0 – 1000 199 110 56
1001 – 1100 299 165 84
1101 – 1200 330 183 93
1201 -1300 358  198  101
1301 -1400  385  213  108
 1401 – 1500  413  229  116
 1501 – 1600  514  285  145
 1601 – 1700  544  301  153
 1701 -1800  636  352  179
 1801 – 1900  673  373  190
1901 -2000  710  394  200
2001 – 2100  906  502  255
2101 – 2200  951  527  268
2201 – 2300  994  551  280
2301 – 2400  1034  573  292

It costs the Department of Transport and local authorities around €49 million to collect the motor tax and administer the motor tax system.