Dáil Éireann - Volume 597 - 08 February, 2005
Written Answers - Disabled Drivers.
Mr. Crawford Mr. Crawford
253. Mr. Crawford asked the Minister for Fin ance the reason a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan has been refused the primary certificate, disabled drivers-passengers; his views on whether it is fair or realistic that this person should be refused this certificate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3806/05]
Mr. Cowen Mr. Cowen
Mr. Cowen: I assume the Deputy is referring to the disabled drivers and disabled passengers tax concessions scheme. 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: (a) persons who are wholly or almost wholly without the use of both legs; (b) 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; (c) persons without both hands or without both arms; (d) persons without one or both legs; (e) 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(f) persons having the medical condition of dwarfism and who have serious difficulties of movement of the lower limbs.
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. I have no function in deciding whether individual certificates are issued. 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.
Dáil Éireann 597 Written Answers Disabled Drivers.