About time both tax and third party insurance was put on the fuel. Will stop both uninsured drivers and tax dodgers....although id fear that in ten years down the line they'd bring back motor tax.
They've done it before, the ******s
To be honest, I would absolutely love that - I drive less than 20km/day, a 50 Euro fill up will last two weeks even with the thirst the 159 has
Yet I do not think it would be fair, as it would become a tax on living far from work. People that for any reason can't move closer to their place of employment (kids schools, owned house/apartment, spouse job and so on) would end up shafted big time, while the lucky feckers (like me!) living at the office's doorstep would get a big break, regardless of what they drive - even an American V8 driven 10 km a day will use less fuel than a 1.3 diesel driven for 200 km/day
I honestly don't think there would be a "silver bullet" solution; I used to hate the way motor tax works in Italy, but it makes more sense than the co2 vs. cc absurdity we have here: it's based on engine power, so two cars with say 150 HP will pay the same tax. On the surface it looks bad - somebody with a 2.0 TS 155 from 1997, worth 500E, will pay the same (or more) tax as a new 318i worth 40k; But it's still better than we get here, where the guy with the older car pays twice or thrice the price than somebody with a comparable new car.
Alternatively, it could be linked to the car's value; An option that seems quite feasible in Ireland, given that the Revenue seems to perfectly know such values for VRT calculation, as clearly visible on the relevant website.
For insurance, I would say there's no hope - unless the Government comes up with an antitrust/price watch body (which they should as it's a Government-mandated requirement to have third party cover) they are private companies and will do as they please