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Can I used the Disabled Passengers Scheme?

Hi there,

My Dad has recently stopped driving; he's 88 and his mobility has become an issue. Can I apply for a primary med cert and claim back VAT and VRT on a new car? I am an only child and his only means of transportation. Also, how much would the allowance be on a car worth €40,000, for example?

Thanks for your time, John

John Mulrooney (Dublin)

Aug 2019 Filed under: miscellaneous

Expert answer

Hi John,

Yes, you should be able to apply for a repayment of VRT and VAT on a new car, or the residual VRT on a used car, if you are the named driver of someone who qualifies under the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers Scheme. I’d start by looking at the Citizens’ Information page on this, and then contacting your local motor tax office when you’re ready to. You may also qualify for free annual motor tax. As for the allowance on a €40,000 car, that will depend on the particular model as the VRT is calculated on emissions, not price. 

Neil Briscoe - Complete Car Advisor

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