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Vehicle Excise Duty

Volume 210: debated on Tuesday 30 June 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) what information he has on the type of disability, and age of the person concerned presently benefiting from vehicle excise duty exemption because the person is disabled, under five or over 65 years old and receiving disability living allowance or attendance allowance;(2) how many persons were in receipt of vehicle excise duty exemption under

(a) pre-1976 vehicle schemes, (b) because they were eligible for the higher rate mobility component of the disability living allowance or (c) were under five or over 65 years old and receiving disability living allowance or attendance allowance, for each of the last five years for which figures are available;

(3) how many new first time successful applications there were for vehicle excise duty exemption by disabled people under the three existing possible categories, in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

The information is not available in the form requested. Such information as is available on the number of disabled people applying for and receiving exemption is as follows:

(a) invalid carriage users exempt at;
31 March 19884,672
31 March 19893,712
31 March 19903,124
31 March 19912,760
31 March 19922,125

There have been no new first time successful applications for exemption during this period since the invalid carriage scheme was phased out in 1976.

(b) receipt of the higher rate of the mobility component of disability living allowance; approximately 400,000 receive exemption.
(c) disabled passengers scheme users; approximately 20,000 receive exemption. There were 4,183 first time successful applications during the period 1 April 1991–31 March 1992.