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Important information for disabled drivers and passengers


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Changes in the interpretation and the administration by the Revenue Commissioners of the legislation relating to the Disabled Driver and Passenger Tax Relief Scheme are to be implemented from the 1st January 2012.

The Revenue Commissioners will be introducing changes in relation to their interpretation and the administration of the Disabled Driver and Passenger Tax Relief Scheme. This will result in the following changes to the way the system is currently administered:

Disabled drivers can no longer participate in the scheme if they purchase vehicles in excess of 2000cc.

Previously the Revenue Commissioners had not enforced this restriction rigidly, despite the fact that it had been in legislation for a number of years

Disabled drivers and passengers who carry out extensive adaptations to their vehicle will no longer be able to make applications to exceed the stated maximum VAT and VRT relief regardless of how long they agree to keep their vehicle.

Again, the Revenue Commissioners have for a number of years had a flexible approach in this regard.

Disabled drivers or passengers buying a second hand vehicle which has previously had its VRT reclaimed by a previous VRT/VAT relief scheme participant will now no longer be able to claim VRT back on this vehicle.

It is important that if you are planning on purchasing a vehicle, or you are in the process of changing your vehicle, you are aware of how these proposed changes will impact on you.

There is also a proposed change which will affect organisations in relation to purchasing accessible buses. From the 1st January 2012 organisations that are primarily funded by the State, which includes the Irish Wheelchair Association, will no longer be eligible to claim:

  • VAT and VRT exemptions when purchasing new buses
  • Exemption from road tax
  • Rebate in relation to duty on fuel

The Association is vigorously lobbying the appropriate Ministers and Departments in order that we can find a solution to the situation. We recognise that these proposed changes to the interpretation and administration of the scheme will have devastating effects on a number of people with disabilities.

Please show your support by filling in the petition below, we will then present the Ministers and Departments in question with the show of support against these changes.

We will keep you informed of any developments.

If you require any further information on the above, please contact the Revenue Commissioners at 1890 606 061 or the Irish Wheelchair Association at 045 893 094 or email

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