Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action

Reduction of Carbon Emissions of 51% by 2030: Discussion (Resumed)

Dr. Brian Caulfield:

I completely agree with my colleague from UCC. The incentive should be taken away from plug-in vehicles and plug-in hybrids. The time for transition is over on these vehicles and lots of very big, expensive vehicles are enjoying this €2,500 subsidy, which should be taken away. I would much rather see that subsidy given to electric bikes or other light EVs than to plug-in hybrid vehicles. They tend to be the ones that cost an awful lot of money, for example, Lexus, Land Rover, etc. It makes people feel a little bit better. Perhaps if the benefit is there with a plug-in hybrid then they should plug them in and that is their incentive as opposed to the government grant.


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