Saturday 23 September 2017

Tax breaks for publicans to ferry customers home

Plan to counter drink-drive law

Shane Ross Photo: Tom Burke
Shane Ross Photo: Tom Burke
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

The Government is considering the introduction of a tax break for publicans who agree to ferry their customers home after a night out, the Irish Independent can reveal.

Tourism Minister Brendan Griffin confirmed he is exploring a number of measures for publicans ahead of the Budget, including the area of Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) and fuel.

The insurance industry has also been called on to provide formal cover for groups that enter into car-pooling systems on the weekends.

The range of measures is being considered ahead of the expected passing of Shane Ross's controversial drink-driving bill. The legislation will introduce a mandatory three-month ban for drivers found to have reached an alcohol limit of between 50-80mg per 100ml of blood.

Senior Government sources have confirmed Taoiseach Leo Varadkar spoke to Mr Ross about examining measures surrounding local transport so that rural dwellers are not discommoded.

Mr Griffin - the junior minister in Mr Ross's department - said he was examining the options.

"I want to spend the summer exploring what can we do from a budgetary point of view," Mr Griffin said.

Irish Independent

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