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Applegreen joins forces with fuelService to help fuel Disabled Drivers

Applegreen is delighted to announce that they have joined forces with fuelService and the Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland (DDAI) to help disabled drivers receive assistance whilst refuelling at Applegreen stations across the country.


Refuelling a car is one of the biggest challenges faced by disabled drivers, and Applegreen is proud to be the first Irish forecourt retailer to roll out this app service and go some way towards making refuelling easier and more accessible for disabled drivers.


Experiences such as having to sit on a forecourt beeping the car horn, flashing the lights and waving disability badges to receive help to refuel at a pump on a forecourt were behind the creation of the fuelService app. The app offers a two-step process to take the uncertainty and stress out of refueling for disabled drivers. Step one helps the driver locate the nearest Applegreen petrol station where there is an available staff member to help them.


Step two allows forecourt staff to let drivers know when they should arrive at the forecourt, then alerts staff when they arrive allowing drivers to be assisted as efficiently as possible and take the stress out of filling up their car.


The app, is a simple but effective solution to a huge difficulty faced by disabled drivers across the country. Applegreen is confident that by joining with fuelService they will play a part in liberating disabled drivers from a very difficult and often stressful experience.


Applegreen are encouraging customers with smartphones to download the free fuelService app http://get.fuelservice.org where they can find their nearest participating Applegreen site.
Free demonstrations of the app will be available at the DDAI Disabled Drivers Motor Show and Conference on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September at the RDS. For more information go to: http://www.ddmotorshow.ie/

OPERATION ENABLE - GOING EUROPEAN WIDE

Operation Enable is a multi-agency initiative between An Garda Síochána, Dublin City Council, Dublin Street Parking Services, Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland (DDAI) and the IWA.

The objective of the Operation is to remind motorists of the need to respect the Disabled Parking Bays in Dublin City Centre and to remind Disabled Parking Permit holders of the need to respect the conditions attached to the permits.

After dealing with an incident involving a disabled motorist in December 2016, Sgt Peter Woods of the DMR Traffic Division in Dublin started to look into disabled parking bays and disabled (blue) permit parking in Ireland's capital. When he realised that the system, intended to improve access to parking for people who really need it, was being abused, he single-handedly launched Operation Enable to tackle the problem. To read more follow the link below...

http://www.euronews.com/2018/06/19/-europeanheroes-the-traffic-cop-who-changes-lives

The position in relation to PCP was recently clarified by the Revenue.

They regard PCP Finance arrangements as leases and as such anyone who has purchased using PCP is not eligible for the Disabled Drivers and Passenger Tax Relief Scheme. HP Agreements are allowable. It is that PCP Finance is not HP Agreements.

This opinion is supported by a recent decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 4th October 2017 in the case of HMRC v Mercedes-Benz Financial Services UK Ltd.

In conclusion,

(a)          the ownership of the vehicles concerned remains with Car Finance Company (despite the fact the car may be registered with the applicant) until the final payment option is exercised. They  have not borne or paid VAT, VRT or residual VRT on this vehicle until the final payment option has been exercised.

(b)          In a standard HP Agreement the final purchase fee is a nominal amount whereas PCP Finance typically involves a final payment encompassing most of the value of the vehicle .

(c)           the agreements put in place between Car Finance Company  and Applicant under PCP are not regarded as standard HP agreements  but are regarded as a form of lease agreement which is not allowed under the Drivers and Passengers with Disabilities scheme.