Question to Minister for Finance:
To ask the Minister for Finance if passenger transport companies will be included in the rebate scheme when the Finance Bill is published and if the rebate will be 13 cent per litre; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer.
For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 16th January, 2013.
Ref No: 1178/13
Minister for Finance ( Mr Noonan) :
I propose to answer questions 91, 99, 111, 114, 118, 119, 120, 121, 126, 133, 136, 137, 138, 147, 148, 150 and 218 together.
The proposal to introduce an auto-diesel excise duty relief for licensed road hauliers that I announced in the Budget is confined to licensed and tax compliant hauliers.
However, I have received a number of submissions from, and on behalf of, private coach operators and groups representing unlicensed hauliers seeking to have this relief extended to them. I will consider these proposals and the level of the rebate in the context of the Finance Bill. It is worth noting that one of key arguments for introducing a rebate for the haulage industry is the fact that a large quantity of fuel purchased by this industry is purchased abroad thus generating no tax revenue for the State. A rebate should encourage hauliers to start purchasing their fuel in Ireland thus offsetting some of the costs involved such an argument does not exist for the most part for the coach industry or for other unlicensed hauliers.
The fuel rebate scheme proposed is governed by the terms of Council Directive 2003/96/EC of 27 October 2003 which limits its application to auto diesel used in defined categories of road vehicles.
I will be informing the European Commission of the rebate measure once it is introduced.