Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Questions (100)

Patrick O'Donovan

Question:

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.