Tuesday, 18 June 2019
An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business
Last week I attended a carers' forum representing carers from the region. They feel totally taken for granted and exploited with the lack of home help hours and respite weeks. The matter I want to raise today is the eligibility of people with a disability for the vehicle registration tax, VRT, for disabled drivers. The scheme is very restrictive and needs to be reformed. I refer also to the motorised transport grant, which the previous Government suspended to new applicants. We were told it would be reintroduced within a matter of months. It is now six or seven years since that grant was suspended. People with a disability cannot have access to public transport, particularly in rural Ireland. When will the motorised transport grant be reopened to new applicants?