Dáil Éireann - Volume 568 - 12 June, 2003
Written Answers. - Disabled Drivers.
Mr. Allen Mr. Allen
43. Mr. Allen asked the Minister for Finance the reason a person (details supplied) in County Cork has been refused a disabled drivers and passengers tax concession. [16252/03]
Mr. McCreevy Mr. McCreevy
Minister for Finance (Mr. McCreevy): I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners, who are responsible for the administration of the disabled drivers and disabled passengers tax concessions scheme, that they have no record of an application by the person concerned for admission to the scheme. It is a fundamental requirement for admission to the scheme that the applicant meets the specified medical criteria and is in possession of a primary medical certificate to that effect issued by the appropriate senior area medical officer who is an official of the local health board. Where the issue of the required certificate is refused this can be appealed to the disabled drivers medical board of appeal, an independent body whose decision is final.
The medical criteria for the purposes of the tax concession under this scheme are set out in the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers (Tax Concessions) Regulations 1994. Six different types of disablement are listed under the regulations and a qualifying person must satisfy one or more of them. The six types of disablement are as follows: persons who are wholly or almost wholly without the use of both legs; persons who are wholly without the use of one of their legs and almost wholly without the use of the other leg such that they are severely restricted as to movement of their lower limbs; persons without both hands or without both arms; persons without one or both legs; persons wholly or almost wholly without the use of both hands or arms and wholly or almost wholly without the use of one leg; and persons having the medical condition of dwarfism and who have serious difficulties of movement of the lower limbs. It is regretted that the Revenue  Commissioners are unable to consider an application for the relief without the issue of a valid primary medical certificate.
Further information in regard to the scheme can be obtained from the Office of the Revenue Commissioners, disabled drivers section, Coolshannagh, Monaghan, phone (047) 82800, who will be glad to be of assistance.
Dáil Éireann 568 Written Answers. Disabled Drivers.