Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Ceisteanna (84, 85, 89)

Timmy Dooley

Ceist:

84. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Finance if he supports the extension of the fuel rebate for hauliers announced in budget 2013 to bus and coach operators; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8548/13]

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Timmy Dooley

Ceist:

85. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Finance the measures he will put in place to help bus and coach operators; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8564/13]

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Dessie Ellis

Ceist:

89. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Finance if he will provide an update on plans to extend tax rebates on fuel to other industries which rely on road transport and for which fuel makes up a significant part of their overheads. [8577/13]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Finance)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 84, 85 and 89 together.

The proposal to introduce an auto-diesel excise duty relief for licensed road hauliers that I announced in the Budget was, initially, confined to licensed and tax compliant hauliers.

However having received a number of submissions from, and on behalf of, private coach operators seeking to have this relief extended to them, Deputies will now be aware that I have extended the relief to the licensed passenger transport sector in the context of the Finance Bill published on February 13th. The maximum amount of the relief will be 7.5 cents per litre and will be price dependent.