Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (97)

Paul Kehoe

Question:

97. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Transport if there are circumstances under which his Department would consider granting an electric vehicle Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, SEAI, grant to a person who has imported a new vehicle from Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8493/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The scheme of purchase grants for electric vehicles is operated by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) through a network of electric vehicle dealers who have registered with the Authority. Only a registered dealer may apply for the purchase grant on behalf of a customer.

To be eligible to participate in the grant scheme, a dealership or vehicle importer must complete the SEAI's registration process which has a number of requirements, including:

- Evidence of current licence, authorisation or agreement to import and trade vehicles as supplied by a vehicle manufacturer.

- Evidence of compliance with the requirements of S.I. No. 268 of 2008 Waste Management (Batteries and Accumulators) Regulations, which can be shown by a copy of current Producer Certificate of Registration as issued by WEE Registrar Society Limited.

- Compliance with S.I. No. 282 of 2006 Waste Management (End of Life Vehicles) Regulations 2006 as amended by Waste Management (End of Life Vehicles) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 (S.I. No. 142 of 2010).

- Tax clearance certificate or number.

- Insurance certificates showing the appropriate cover levels.

A vehicle purchased outside the State directly by an individual may qualify for grant incentives in the jurisdiction where it is purchased, but it would not be eligible for the SEAI grant on its importation into the State, and it is not proposed to change this.