Irish Roads are shit, but why?
See the above car, its just a Golf, a 3.2l Golf R32 but a Golf nonetheless. I saw a 07 one parked in the middle of the city last night while out clubbing, thats one hell of a brave owner. Anyway, theres a bit of a hullabaloo in Britain at the moment because their car taxation system is in for a state of change and owners of bigger engined cars are going to be hit. They are going to be charged an unimaginable price of €590 a year to tax a new car like the one above. Thats a considerable rise from the previous €295 cost to tax the car alright, the poor bastards I hear you say?
Whist now, just hold your break-horses for a second, I havent mentioned Irish taxes yet. Lets look at what us cretins have been paying Bertie and the boys for years. What would €295 get you in Ireland? Well, you could just about scrape a 1.4 polo like I used to or you could be very exotic and drive around in a 1.4l Golf GT like I am now. Thats what €300 will roughly get you, 1.4l sewing machines! To tax the above car in Ireland for a year will cost you, wait for it, €1,343! For British readers thats £910. But don't faint just yet, I havent mentioned VRT and believe me, when you read this you will faint. VRT on the above car is €11,902. Thats nearly 12 grand (excluding normal VAT) that goes straight to the government for no good reason.
I just have one question: wheres the fucking money gone!? They havent spent it on roads thats for sure. Why do we need to be charged so much? Don't give me any bollocks about smaller populations, since we have a much smaller land mass than Britain so therefore need less to keep the roads going. Just where is the money leaking to? Pockets? Brown envelopes? Mary Harneys daily dietry needs? I know shes a big bitch but come on, 12 grand is a lot of burgers even for her, but then again...
Posted at 18:18