Government to crack down on TV licence evaders

Government to crack down on TV licence evaders

The government is planning a crackdown on TV licence fee evaders by giving An Post access to customer details from TV providers such as Sky and UPC.

The decision came about after the government opted not to introduce the new broadcasting charge until after the next General Election.

The charge sought to impose a fee of €160 to incorporate all of RTÉ’s arms including television, radio and online.

But it’s being shelved for now with the government now planning to tackle licence fee evasion, something it says costs RTÉ about €25 million each year.

It’s estimated that about 15% of households with a television do not possess a current TV licence.

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