Car dealers say buyers are staying away for fear of charges
have suffered a fresh blow due to rumors of an upcoming hike in road tax. The drop in visitor numbers to car dealerships has been described at up to 40 percent in the last three weeks, while reports that the level of tax payable will be linked to the commercial value of vehicles will, according to dealers, not only see the situation deteriorate further, but also also have the opposite effect on the state coffers to that desired. Sector professionals insist that the Finance Ministry will need to focus its attention on road users who have not paid any road tax. Market estimates say this concerns a total of 800,000 vehicles.