Noel Coonan TD has welcomed the expansion of the Fuel Rebate Scheme to cover private coach operators. The move was confirmed with the publication of the Finance Bill. Deputy Coonan, who had been lobbying for the concession for the private coach operators over recent months, said the move will lead to considerably reduced costs for the sector.
“I commend the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD, for having the vision to include this concession in the Finance Bill and Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar TD, who has been an advocate of this for some time.
“In conjunction with other pro-tourism measures, such as the reduced VAT rate of 9% for tourism services and the launch of The Gathering, the fuel rebate will help bring more visitors to Ireland in 2013. This can only lead to increased spending in our economy and increased job creation,” said the local Fine Gael TD.
“I have been working on this issue for the last two months. Ever since the fuel rebate was announced for hauliers in the Budget, I have been pushing the case for the rebate to be extended to private coach operators. They are major players in the tourism industry, which has been identified by the Government as a key growth sector.
“Coach operators have been put under serious financial pressure due to the price of fuel, combined with the loss of business as a result of the recession. I know that the news will be warmly welcomed by the industry and will result in some operators staying afloat. This Government will continue to work with SMEs to deliver the growth we need for our future economic recovery,” concluded Deputy Coonan.