Bureaucratic breakdown over scrapped lorries

A 63 year-old Portuguese man from Armação de Pêra could hardly believe his eyes when a letter arrived at his home from the taxman containing a road tax bill for two heavy goods vehicles he had scrapped 34 years ago.

The Silves Finanças was demanding a total of €784 including fines for passing the limit date for payment for the two vehicles, reported Correio da Manhã newspaper.

The Portuguese resident says he had sold one of the vehicles in 1964 to buy the second which was later wrecked in an accident, and claims to have carried out all the necessary paperwork.

A professional driver for 25 years, the man has lodged a protest with the Finanças and the Instituto da Mobilidade e dos Transportes Terrestres (IMTT) as well as filing a complaint to the consumer rights organisation Deco.