Grant Schemes and Entitlements

Grant Schemes

Currently there is a principal scheme in operation that provides financial support for people who need to have their vehicles modified.

  1. Disabled Drivers And Passenger VRT/VAT relief scheme operated by the Revenue Commissioners

Disabled Drivers and Passenger VAT/VRT relief scheme

Applicants for this scheme must be in possession of a Primary Medical Certificate. The medical assessment and the issuing of the certificate are carried out by a Senior Area Medical Officer attached to the local Health Board. The scheme is open to drivers and passengers with physical disabilities. Participation in the scheme allows people to avail of:

  • Exemption from VRT/ motor tax
  • Refund of VAT
  • Refund of duty paid on petrol and diesel

The scheme is open to both drivers and passengers with disabilities. Generally, the scheme supports people to purchase a vehicle at a considerably reduced rate. (for approximately 1/3 reduction in price). Enquiries about the scheme can be made at the Revenue Commissioners in Coolshanagh, Monaghan

Summary of the Disabled Drivers and Passenger VRT/VAT relief scheme

  • The Scheme is open to persons who meet the specified medical criteria and have obtained a Primary Medical Certificate to that effect. They can apply for relief either as a driver or a passenger.
  • Relief in respect of Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) and Value Added Tax (VAT) may be obtained, subject to a maximum of : €9,525 for a driver, €15,875 for a passenger.
  • Relief is restricted to a vehicle which has been specially constructed or adapted for use by a person with a disability and which has an engine size of less than 2,000cc in the case of a driver and 4,000cc in the case of a passenger.
  • A vehicle which has been relieved from tax may not be disposed of for at least two years.
  • A person admitted to the Scheme may also apply for a repayment of excise duty on fuel used in the vehicle, for the transport of the person with the disability, up to a maximum of 600 gallons or 2,728 litres per year.
  • A vehicle which has been admitted to the Scheme is also exempt from the payment of annual road tax.


Membership of the Irish Wheelchair Association entitles people to avail of a range of discounts in the areas Vehicle purchase and Ferry services.

IWA Membership enables people to avail of a substantial discount when purchasing the following vehicle models:

  • Citroen
  • Daewoo
  • Fiat
  • Ford
  • Hyundai
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Opel
  • Peugeot
  • Seat Subaru
  • Toyota
  • VW
  • Volvo

Discounts do vary but generally they would be in the region of €300 – €800. In certain cases, applicants must also be in the VRT/VAT scheme as well as being members of IWA.


IWA members are also entitled to discounts when using the following ferry companies.
Stenna 01 204 7700
Brittany Ferries 021 427 7801
Swansea Ferries 021 427 1166
Contact the companies directly for further information on these discounts.

Toll Bridge Exemptions

All disabled drivers and passengers in the VRT/VAT scheme are exempt from toll charges on all toll roads in the state. Disabled motorists must apply for a special pass in order to avail of this exemption. It is important to note that being a disabled parking permit holder does not qualify a person for toll charge exemptions. For further information and an application form contact your nearest toll road operator.

West-Link Toll Bridge Limited,

Toll Plaza,
Dublin 15.
Tel: 01 820 2000
Fax: 01 821 1532

East-Link Toll Bridge Limited,
Toll Plaza,
York Road,
Dublin 4.
Tel: 01 668 2888
Fax: 01 688 2562

Eurolink Motorway Operation Ltd.
Toll Plaza
Nicholastown, Co. Kildare
Tel: 046 9540266

Direct Route (Fermoy) Limited,
Golf Club Road,
Fermoy, Co. Cork
Tel: 025 40199

Dublin Port Tunnel
Transroute Tunnel Operations Limited
Dublin Port Tunnel
East Wall Road
Dublin 3
Tel: 1890 252435

M1 Toll Operations Ltd,
Co. Meath
Tel: 041 982 9820
Fax: 041 982 9826


In relation to M50 Barrier Free Tolling; specially adapted vehicles driven by disabled persons will continue to be exempt under the new barrier free tolling arrangements planned for the M50. The Toll Operator will be able to automatically identify specially adapted vehicles from information held on the National Vehicle and Driver File, and exempt passage will be applied accordingly.

Notice to IWA Staff members

In conjunction with a major update to the IWA public website, we will soon be changing the way you log into the Staff Intranet, email and People Planner.

Shortly, you will no longer be able to access these facilities using the IWA website, instead you must use

As always you can contact IT through email,, if you have any queries.