Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (158)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

158. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance the savings estimated to be made in 2015 by the revocation of regulation 16 of the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers (Tax Concessions) Regulations 1994, SI 353 of 1994. [14741/14]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

As the Deputy is aware, following a ruling by the European Court of Justice in April 2013 and subsequent negotiations with the European Commission, the excise relief on fuel element of the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers scheme will be discontinued from 31 December 2014. However, as I have previously stated, arrangements will be made during the year to provide for a new fuel grant scheme for disabled drivers which will have the same levels of support as the current excise relief scheme and there will be a seamless transition between the two schemes. 

Given that the same level of support will be available under the new fuel grant scheme as under the excise relief on fuel element of the existing scheme, and assuming the number of claims in 2015 remain at similar levels, there will be no net saving in 2015 from the removal of Regulation 16 of The Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers (Tax Concessions) Regulations 1994 (S.I. No. 353 of 1994).