Dáil Éireann - Volume 673 - 05 February, 2009

Written Answers. - Motor Industry.

Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the reason car dealers with legitimate trade plates are charged up to €300 at the Border and are deemed to be illegal by the authorities within Northern Ireland; the further reason the plates are legal in continental Europe; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4001/09]

  Deputy John Gormley: The law relating to trade plates, for which my Department has responsibility, is provided in section 21 of the Finance (No. 2) Act 1992 and the Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1992. This law does not extend to the use of trade plates outside the State.