Thursday, 19 May 2022
Department of Finance
Primary Medical Certificates
The Disabled Drivers & Disabled Passengers Scheme provides relief from Vehicle Registration Tax and VAT on the purchase and use of an adapted car, as well as an exemption from motor tax and an annual fuel grant.
The Scheme is open to severely and permanently disabled persons as a driver or as a passenger and also to certain charitable organisations. In order to qualify for relief, the applicant must hold a Primary Medical Certificate issued by the relevant Senior Area Medical Officer (SAMO) or a Board Medical Certificate issued by the Disabled Driver Medical Board of Appeal. Certain other qualifying criteria apply in relation to the vehicle, in particular that it must be specially constructed or adapted for use by the applicant.
To qualify for a Primary Medical Certificate an applicant must be permanently and severely disabled, and satisfy at least one of the following medical criteria, in order to obtain a Primary Medical Certificate:- be wholly or almost wholly without the use of both legs;- be wholly without the use of one leg and almost wholly without the use of the other leg such that the applicant is severely restricted as to movement of the lower limbs;- be without both hands or without both arms;- be without one or both legs;be wholly or almost wholly without the use of both hands or arms and wholly or almost wholly without the use of one leg;- have the medical condition of dwarfism and have serious difficulties of movement of the lower limbs.
In the event that a PMC is not granted by the relevant Senior Area Medical Officer an appeal may be made to the independent Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal (DDMBA) who operate out of the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire.
I have no role in relation to the granting or refusal of PMCs and the HSE must be independent in their clinical determinations.
Following the resignation of all members of the previous Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal an Expression of Interest seeking suitable candidates for the Board closed on 29th April 2022. Applicants are currently being assessed. Requests for appeal hearings can be sent to the DDMBA secretary based in the National Rehabilitation Hospital. New appeal hearing dates will be issued once the new Board is in place.
Assessments for the primary medical certificate, by the HSE, are continuing to take place. If an application for a PMC is unsuccessful, another application can be made six months after initial assessment.