NICOSIA -- The Communications Ministry is working on a new law allowing car owners who have fallen behind in their road tax to pay off what they owe in installments.
According to an announcement on Monday, the changes, which the ministry hopes to enforce before the newly extended March 10 deadline, see car owners given the option to pay off this year’s road tax without also paying previous years’ amounts in a lump sum.
They will instead be able to pay off previous years’ road tax in 12 equal monthly payments.
Those who will not be renewing their road tax this year will also be able to pay off previous years’ amounts in this way.
“The Communications Ministry’s intention is to speed up procedures so that the bill can be voted on before the end of the deadline for renewal. The amendment has been proposed to make it easier for thousands of people who owe previous fees to avoid losing use of their car,” the announcement said.
Political party leaders last week agreed to extend the road tax deadline until March to give drivers more time to pay.
According to the Road Transport Department (RTD), thousands of motorists have this year opted to take their cars off the roads rather pay road tax in the current financial difficulties. One in 13 drivers have officially registered their cars as immobilised, based on recent data.
Road tax can be renewed online at the RTD website at http://rtd.mcw.gov.cy or at any commercial bank.