Drivers and passengers with disabilities – vehicle tax relief scheme

There are a range of tax reliefs in connection with the purchase and use of a motor vehicle for people with disabilities.  At Liam Cleary Autoworld we understand the technical requirements of the Disabled Driver and Disabled Passenger Schemes and can arrange both the modification of the vehicle and the completion and submission of all required paperwork to allow you benefit from the tax reliefs available.


The Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers Scheme provides a range of tax reliefs linked to the purchase and use of vehicles by disabled drivers and disabled passengers in Ireland. Under the terms of the scheme, you can claim remission or repayment of vehicle registration tax (VRT), repayment of value-added tax (VAT) on the purchase of a vehicle and repayment of VAT on the cost of adapting a vehicle, up to a maximum of 10,000 for a disabled driver and 16,000 for a disabled passenger.

If you qualify for tax relief under the scheme, you can also claim repayment of excise duty on fuel used in your vehicle for the transport of a disabled person. In addition, if you qualify under the scheme, your vehicle will be exempt from the payment of annual road tax.
Specially adapted vehicles driven by disabled drivers are entitled to exemption from toll road fees. Toll road operators issue special passes which are recognised by all other toll road operators and which allow such vehicles pass through the tolls without paying.

SEAI Electric Vehicle (EV) Grant Scheme

What is the SEAI Electric Vehicle (EV) Grant Scheme?

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Electric Vehicle Grant Scheme is a government-supported scheme introduced in 2017 to assist homeowners with the installation of EV charging points on their property.

The grant scheme has been proved so successful, it was renewed for 2018 and again for 2019, as sales of Electric Vehicles in Ireland continue to grow as quickly as most EV’s accelerate.

The scheme offers homeowners a grant up to the value of €600 toward the purchase and installation of a home charger unit, provided the applicant is the owner of an eligible new or second-hand electric vehicle, registered and purchased in 2018 or 2019.

While most modern EVs come as standard with charging cables which can connect to standard 3-pin power outlets, these are typically slower methods of charging an EV – taking up to 12 hours to fully charge some EVs, from empty.

Home charging points, particularly those offered by Electric Ireland can instead charge EV’s in a matter of hours, making them ideal for overnight charging of your Electric Vehicle.

In order to apply for the SEAI grant, applicants must meet certain requirements:

  • EV must be parked on an off-street parking location
  • The property cannot have availed of the free ESB Ecars home charger pre-2018.
  • Eligible EVs are categorised as Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) or Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)
  • Vehicles must be registered for private use.

As noted in a previous upgrades to the Irish Public Charging Network, Liam Cleary Autoworld is home to a continuously growing range of Electric Vehicles,

Feel Free to come and ask one of our electric EV specialists about the grants available.