Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (232)

Seán Sherlock

Question:

232. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Finance the timeline for his plans to make necessary amendments to the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers (Tax Concessions) Regulations 1994. [7226/21]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I brought forward an amendment to the Finance Bill to provide for the existing medical criteria in primary legislation. Following approval of the Finance Act 2020, which provides for the medical criteria for the Disabled Drivers Scheme, the HSE has been informed that medical assessments can recommence from 1st January 2021. This is considered to be an interim solution only. A comprehensive review of the scheme, to include a broader review of mobility supports for persons with disabilities, will be conducted this year. On foot of that review new proposals will be brought forward for consideration.

Separately, the ability to hold assessments may be impacted on by, among other things, the public health restrictions in place and the role of the HSE Medical Officers in the roll out of the COVID vaccination programme.

Question No. 233 answered with Question No. 187.