Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers Scheme Expansion
Minister for Finance launches an expansion of the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers (Tax Concessions) Scheme
Announcing the improved scheme, Minister Noonan stated:
I would like to thank the Irish Wheelchair Association and the Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland for their constructive engagement with the Department of Finance regarding the improvements. The changes to the Scheme have been made in secondary legislation, which I signed into law at the end of December.
Technological changes have provided a greater opportunity to allow citizens with severe disabilities drive motor vehicles. However, the cost of such vehicles can be prohibitively expensive for many citizens with disabilities, given the extensive nature of the adaptations required. To provide for the needs of drivers with disabilities and to recognise the significant costs of adaptation I am providing two new categories of vehicles in the Scheme. A category of ‘specifically adapted vehicle’ is being provided for drivers with disabilities who have made significant adaptions to their vehicles.
A very small group of citizens with disabilities require extensive modifications to their vehicles to take account of their disability, so that that the cost of modifications exceeds the cost of the vehicle itself. To enhance the mobility of those citizens a category of 'extensively adapted vehicle' is being provided for drivers and passengers with disabilities. The VAT and VRT relief in respect of such vehicles shall be up to €22,000. The vehicle must be held for 6 years before resale.
Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) and the Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland (DDAI) welcome the positive improvements the Minister for Finance, Mr. Michael Noonan T.D. has recently 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.
Details of the changes are available in length on the IWA Motoring Page IWA and DDAI are advising all drivers and passengers who will be affected by the changes to the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers Scheme to visit Revenue.ie for additional information.