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The Southside’s Only Remaining Motor Tax Office To Close

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Clondalkin motor tax office is to close on December 24th 2013. The popular office which is directly across the road from the Mill Shopping Centre will not be re-opening after the Christmas holidays. Staff will not loose their jobs as they will be moved to various other posts across the Council.

Since the National Driving Licence Service (NDLS) took over running the licenses section from the Council earlier this year, it has had a big impact on the amount of people using the office.

Also, with people buying their tax online this too has had an impact, with people not using the office quite as much. It’s also feared that other tax offices across the nation may be at risk, following the Clondalkin branch closure.

It’s nearly 2 years since another Dublin motor tax office shut its doors to the public, Nuthgrove. Half of Dublin’s tax offices have been shut. Local people, especially the elderly people and people who do not use the internet, are very disappointed about Clondalkin closure.

However, over 70% of Dublin drivers now buy their motor tax online, as it’s much easier for people to buy online rather than spending time in a queue.

From 2014, there will now be no motor tax offices on the Southside of the city, but motorist can still use the offices in Smithfield and Ballymun.

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Below is the full Dublin City Council (DCC) press release relating to the closure.
view it on the DCC website

Closure of Clondalkin Motor Tax Office

Dublin City council motor tax offices have experienced a significant reduction in business since the driver license processing was transferred to the national driver licence service (NDLS) at the end of October 2013. In addition over 70% or Dublin motor tax customers now tax online at [website address edited by from].

Also the option of taking a car off the road retrospectively is no longer possible therefore customers can take their car off the road for an advance period by using the on line service.

The motor tax service has been reviewed and it is not possible to keep 3 offices open for the level of service now required by customers therefore the motor tax office in Clondalkin will close effective 24th December 2013. Staff from the Clondalkin office will be reassigned across the city council to fill vacancies in other service areas.

Two motor tax offices will continue to be available for transacting tax business, Smithfield which is on the red Luas line and Ballymun which is just off the M50. Customers may undertake their motor tax transactions on line, by post, in person or by ringing tel. No. 2228222 and staff will undertake the on line transaction where a customer has a pin and a debit/credit card but is not familiar with the on line process.

Smithfield/Ballymun Motor Tax Offices

Opening Hours: 9.30am to 3.30pm, Monday to Friday (for both motor tax offices)
Phone: 01 222 8000

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