Massive drop in import of cars from UK to Ireland due to new emissions levy
The top ten most popular imported cars have also been revealed.
A new report published by MotorCheck.ie finds that 2,354 fewer cars were imported into Ireland from the UK in January 2020, down 25.7% from the amount imported in January 2019.
A total of 6,769 cars were imported into Ireland from the UK in January, down from 9,114 from the year before, out of a total of 200,782 for all of 2019.
According to the report, the reason for this is largely down to two main contributing factors.
The first is Brexit-related (obviously), and with the Sterling's stabilising strength once the deadline of Brexit was confirmed.
And the other was the introduction of the NOx Levy, which arrived on 1 January 2020.
The NOx Levy is an additional amount levied against the Nox emissions of a vehicle which must be paid on top of the standard VRT amount on first registration of a vehicle in the state.
The report also revealed the top ten models that are imported into Ireland via the UK:
- Volkswagen Golf
- BMW 5 Series
- Ford Focus
- Nissan Qashqai
- Audi A6
- Volkswagen Passat
- Mercedes-Benz E-Class
- Audi A4
- Mercedes-Benz C-Class
- Hyundai Tcuson
The full report can be found here.