EV Charging Accessibility: How Ireland Is Failing Disabled Drivers

The 2016 Irish Census reported that a total of 643,131 people living in the Republic have a disability – that’s around 13.5% of the total population.

Of those people reporting a disability, difficulty with basic physical tasks (41.1%) and issues including chronic pain, breathing difficulties and chronic illness (46.2%) ranked amongst the most common issues.

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Minister for Disability welcomes resumption of assessments for Primary Medical Certificates

Anne Rabbitte TD, Minister of State for Disability, has welcomed the resumption of the assessment process for Primary Medical Certificates under the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers (Tax Concessions) Scheme.

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***Update 26/1/2021*** Processing of Primary Medical Certs will have to await easing of Covid restrictions

Dáil Eireann  5th February 2021

Paschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 211 and 212 together.

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has confirmed that he is to bring a Report Stage Amendment to Finance Bill 2020 in order to introduce “accelerated capital allowances” for farm safety equipment. See link below to read the full article.

https://www.agriland.ie/farming-news/government-introduces-accelerated-tax-relief-on-farm-safety-equipment/

If you have a disability or reduced mobility, you have the right to access air, train, bus, coach, or boat travel like anybody else.

A small bit of relief from worry in the Finance Bill for those, who continued and still continue to be in receipt of Mobility Allowance after the scheme was suspended in 2013. With the suspension of the scheme there existed a technical liability for income tax in respect of these payments. An amendment has been passed in the Finance Bill exempting past and future payments from income tax liability. In the amendment debate, Minister Donohue, described the provision as follows;

Wednesday 11th November in the Oireachtas.

Question: Richard O'Donoghue (Limerick County, Independent)

First, for people who qualified for a primary medical certificate before the Supreme Court judgment in June of this year and who are upgrading their vehicles, are they still entitled to the VRT payment or has that been restricted? Second, with regard to the cost of the Supreme Court judgment, has it cleared the backlog of people waiting for their primary medical certificates?

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