Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Questions (100)

Patrick O'Donovan


100. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Finance if he will consider the inclusion of the blind pension in the primary certificate criteria and assessment for disabled drivers' tax concessions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41328/13]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

The Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers (Tax Concessions) Scheme provides relief from VAT and Vehicle Registration Tax (up to a certain limit), and exemption from motor tax, on the purchase of an adapted car for transport of a person with specific severe and permanent physical disabilities. The disability criteria for these concessions are set out in the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers (Tax Concessions) Regulations 1994. To get a Primary Medical Certificate, an applicant must be permanently and severely disabled within the terms of these Regulations. I have no plans to change the criteria at this stage.