Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (159)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

159. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Finance his plans to increase the allowance for the disabled passenger scheme in line with the increase in rates of vehicle registration tax, VRT; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2781/21]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

The Disabled Drivers & Disabled Passengers Scheme provides relief from VRT and VAT on the purchase and use of an adapted car, as well as an exemption from motor tax and an annual fuel grant. Details of these reliefs and the grant in respect of fuel usage are available on the Revenue website at the following link:

https://www.revenue.ie/en/importing-vehicles-duty-free-allowances/guide-to-vrt/reliefs-and-exemptions/scheme-for-persons-with-disabilities.aspx

The relief from Value Added Tax and Vehicle Registration Tax are generous in nature amounting to up to €10,000, €16,000 or €22,000, depending on the level of adaption required for the vehicle.

It should be noted that the new VRT charging table does not necessarily result in increased VRT rates. VRT is an emissions-based tax and therefore the amount of VRT incurred will vary across different vehicle makes and models. Typically, the new rates structure will result in increases for high emission vehicles, and decreases for lower emission vehicles.

Question No. 160 answered with Question No. 134.