Written answers

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Department of Finance

Fuel Rebate Scheme

Verona Murphy (Wexford, Fine Gael)
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238. To ask the Minister for Finance the cost of the diesel rebate scheme since its inception; the number of licensed road hauliers registered to claim the rebate; the amount paid to same in 2019 and to date in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31682/20]

Verona Murphy (Wexford, Fine Gael)
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239. To ask the Minister for Finance the number of licensed road hauliers entitled to the diesel rebate scheme; the number claiming same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31683/20]

Verona Murphy (Wexford, Fine Gael)
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240. To ask the Minister for Finance the number of licensed road hauliers entitled to the diesel rebate scheme and not claiming same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31684/20]

Verona Murphy (Wexford, Fine Gael)
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241. To ask the Minister for Finance the number of licensed bus operators entitled to the diesel rebate scheme and claiming same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31685/20]

Verona Murphy (Wexford, Fine Gael)
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242. To ask the Minister for Finance the number of licensed bus operators entitled to the diesel rebate scheme and not claiming same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31686/20]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 238 to 242, inclusive, together.

I am advised by Revenue that, under the terms of the Diesel Rebate Scheme (DRS) which came into effect on 1 July 2013, qualifying road transport operators submit their claims, via an online system, on a quarterly basis. The table below shows the number of claimants, the number of repayments and the amount repaid since the scheme commenced. A breakdown of the claimants by type of licence, vehicle or industry is not available.

Diesel Rebate Scheme

Year Total Number of Claimants Total Number of Repayments Value of Repayments
2013 1,390 1,786 €6.28m
2014 2,004 6,078 €22.03m
2015 1,780 4,117 €9.93m
2016 624 1,218 €0.53m
2017 442 876 €0.79m
2018 713 1,237 €1.92m
2019 830 2,405 €9.41m
2020 to 30/09/20 833 1,584 €6.38m

The cost of the scheme per year depends on the level of uptake, which is influenced by the market price of diesel. The repayment rate is calculated quarterly on a sliding scale basis, using the national average purchase price of diesel. Since 1 January 2020, the maximum amount repayable is 7.5c per litre when the price of diesel (including VAT) is €1.43 per litre or above. There is no repayment when the price of diesel (including VAT) is at or below €1.23 per litre. Full details of the repayments rates applicable are available at: .

As it is the responsibility of the individual transport operators to submit claims, Revenue does not have information on which operators may be entitled to a rebate but have not made a claim in respect of any period (quarter).

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