Calls for less stringent tax concessions for the disabled.

A call has made for the criteria surrounding tax concessions for disabled drivers to be made less stringent. According to a senior medical officer with the Southern Health Board the qualifying structures for vehicle tax relief are believed to discriminate particularly against disabled people living in rural areas where there is little or no public transport. People with disabilities in the Cork and Kerry region are finding it very difficult. To attain tax concessions for their vehicles, a meeting of the Southern Health Board has heard.The eligbility to attain the vehicle tax concession is far stricter than that of the UK.There were 400 people in the Southern Health Board area alone awaiting to appeal the process but appeals can take in excess of two years. Qualifying conditions for are set down by the Minister for Finance while the final decision for eligability for the tax relief is made by senior officers of the health board. A decision was made at this weeks meeting to write to the Minister for Finance Charlie Mc Creevy and Health Minister Micheal Martin requesting less stringent criteria and an assurance that the appeals process will not take longer than 3 months.