The Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland (DDAI) and Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) welcome the positive improvements the Minister for Finance, Mr. Michael Noonan T.D. announced regarding the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers Scheme.
Since 2011, both organisations have been working in partnership to advocate on behalf of disabled drivers and passengers who were negatively impacted by the changes to the interpretations and the administration of the legislation relating to the Disabled Driver and Passenger Tax Relief Scheme.
Over the past few years DDAI & IWA have communicated with the Revenue Commissioners on an ongoing basis regarding the adverse effect the strict interpretation and enforcement of previous regulations by the Revenue Commissioners had on disabled drivers, passengers and charitable organisations. The announcement is welcomed by the representative organisations. DDAI & IWA appreciate the significant improvements to the scheme which are outlined below:
The Scheme provides for a range of tax reliefs in connection with the purchase and use of motor vehicles. Relief in respect of Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) and Value Added Tax (VAT) may be obtained on the purchase of a vehicle, subject to a maximum of:
The Scheme is open to individuals who meet the specified medical criteria and have obtained a Primary Medical Certificate to that effect. You can apply for relief either as a driver with a disability or a passenger with a disability. Alternatively, there is provision for a family member of a passenger with a disability to apply.
In order to get a Primary Medical Certificate you must firstly apply through your local Health Service Office (HSE) for an assessment with a Senior Area Medical Officer in the Health Board. Your GP or consultant cannot carry out the assessment.
Disabled drivers and disabled passengers whose vehicles are tax exempt under the drivers and passengers with disabilities tax relief scheme are entitled to apply for a Fuel Grant.
How will I apply for the Fuel Grant?
The Fuel Grant can be applied for online from the 1st January 2016, using Revenue’s new online service ‘myAccount’ on the Revenue website. This will make the claim process easier as claims can be submitted and processed immediately. Please register as soon as possible online. All you need is your PPS number, mobile or landline number, e-mail address and home address. Go to www.revenue.ie to sign up.
Disabled drivers and disabled passengers whose vehicles are tax exempt under the drivers and passengers with disabilities tax relief scheme are exempt from tolls on each toll road in the state. Under the eflow system in operation on the M50 toll bridge, as you drive under the eFlow gantry on the M50, the photographic equipment will detect your vehicle registration number and recognise that you should not be charged.
On all the other toll roads the toll road operators issue special passes to facilitate such exempt passage. Passes issued by any one operator will be accepted by all other toll road operators.
For further information and to apply for a pass please contact your nearest toll road operator. A list of toll road operators and their contact numbers are listed below:
A vehicle which has been admitted to the Scheme will also be entitled to an exemption from payment of annual road tax as follows:
1. In the case of a new vehicle or a vehicle which is being registered in the State for the first time the relief will be granted on application to your local Motor Taxation Office on presentation of the RF100 form. You do not need any documentation from the Central Repayments Office.
2. If the vehicle had been previously registered in the State the Central Repayments Office will issue you with a Certificate of Approval which should be presented by you to your local Motor Taxation Office.