Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (152)

James Bannon


152. Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for Finance the reason budget 2013 provided an excise rebate on diesel for haulage companies, but not for transport companies despite his belief that under law, assistance given to truck operators would also be given to coach operators; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11305/13]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

The proposal to introduce an auto-diesel excise duty relief for licensed road hauliers that I announced in the Budget was, initially, confined to licensed and tax compliant hauliers. However having received a number of submissions from, and on behalf of, private coach operators seeking to have this relief extended to them, as the Deputy will now be aware I have extended the relief to the licensed passenger transport sector in the context of the Finance Bill published on 13th February. The maximum amount of the relief will be 7.5 cents per litre and will be price dependent.