Tuesday, 20 October 2020
Department of Finance
Fuel Rebate Scheme
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]
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|
|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).