Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Disabled Drivers Permits
535. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if concessions will be offered in cases in which more than one member of a family must purchase disabled parking discs in respect of the mobility of the same family member; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9239/19]
The terms of the Disabled Parking Scheme are such that the permit is issued directly to the person with the mobility impairment rather than to the person driving them. The permit holder is then free to use their permit while travelling in any vehicle or with any accompanying driver, provided the permit in question in valid and clearly displayed. The issue of paying for multiple permits should not arise as no eligible user of the scheme can be issued with more than one permit at a time.
I would remind the Deputy that although my Department is responsible for creating the legislation underpinning the Disabled Parking Scheme, the day-to-day running of the scheme comes under the remit of the issuing bodies, the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) and the Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland (DDAI).