Donegal VRT campaigner says customs officials are breaking their own guidlines

Ryan  Stewart
Ryan Stewart

A Donegal Anti-VRT campaigner says customs officials continue to target people in the county despite an Ombudsman's ruling which would seem to prohibit them from doing so.

Ombudsman Josephine Feehily ruled that Customs’officers must follow their own guidelines before seizing vehicles, and prohibiting them from random challenges such as checkpoints, for the purposes of enforcing Vehicle Registration Tax compliance.

But Ryan Stewart claims he was contracted by a person who had borrowed a VRT-exempt vehicle for a short time, yet still had their vehicle seized by Customs.

He says the customs official then released the car to to obtain a fine despite the guidelines suggesting the  first offence should be dealt with by way of a warning