INFORMATION FOR DISABLED DRIVERS & PASSENGERS
This is where you can find useful information for Disabled Drivers and Passengers. We have a comprehensive guide to buying wheelchair accessible vehicles along with information on all of the funding and grants available for disabled drivers and passengers. We hope you find all of the sections informative and helpful.
GUIDE TO BUYING A WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE VEHICLE
With so many different types of wheelchair accessible vehicles available it is often difficult to decide which is the right mobility vehicle for you. We have compiled this short WAV buyers guide to help you make the right decision.
(WAV is a common abbreviation for Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle)
DRIVERS AND PASSENGERS WITH DISABILITIES – TAX RELIEF SCHEME
The Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers Scheme provides a range of tax reliefs linked to the purchase and use of specially constructed or adapted vehicles by drivers and passengers with a disability.
Under the scheme, you can claim:
- Remission or repayment of vehicle registration tax (VRT)
- Repayment of value-added tax (VAT) on the purchase of a vehicle
- Repayment of VAT on the cost of adapting a vehicle
DISABLED PARKING PERMIT SCHEME
In Ireland the Parking Permit enables the permit holder to park the vehicle in designated on-street accessible parking bay free of charge for an unlimited duration unless otherwise stated.
A person with a disability requires access to a disabled parking bay because of its size and access to amenities and facilities. An accessible parking bay is larger than the standard parking space which enables a driver or passenger to transfer into their wheelchair or alighting from their vehicle.
DISABLED TOLL EXEMPTION SCHEME
The Disability Toll Exemption Scheme was set up by TII in 2019 to allow Disability Modified Vehicles to be exempt from tolling charges on Irish toll roads.
From February 2020, a registered disability modified vehicle will not be liable to pay toll charges at any toll plaza nationwide.