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Friday 3 February 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Cars

Last month
January 2023
# Transport
Used car prices jump by almost 70% - due to pandemic, Brexit and Ukraine - report says
In particular, used cars in the lower end of the market are becoming less affordable despite being lower in safety standards and higher in emissions.
Last year
2022
# toll charges
Alternative option to toll increases will have to be found before the new year, says Tánaiste
Discussions are ongoing on how to alleviate the rising cost for commuters.
# M50
Tolls to increase on M50 and other motorways in line with inflation
The Port Tunnel is the only tolled route in the country that will not be affected by the increase in January.
# going electric
Electric vehicle recharging infrastructure must be installed in new homes under new regulations
There are currently over 45,000 electric vehicles registered on Irish roads.
# Transport
Ireland's 'car-dependent' transport system needs to change, says OECD
Improvements in fuel efficiency and electric vehicle use won’t be enough to bridge the gap for 2030 emissions.
# Car Sales
New car registrations down 17% in the past year
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry described the fall as ‘disappointing’.
# cartastrophe
Cost of living crisis may stop rapid inflation of secondhand car prices
Brexit and a shortage of car supplies meant that demand for secondhand cars was unprecedented.
# Cost of Living
Govt won't be dropping motorway tolls as part of its plan to tackle the cost-of-living surge
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says he is not a fan of tolls but they do help pay for road infrastructure.
A spokesperson for Minister Eamon Ryan has confirmed that there are no plans to reduce toll charges despite commuters facing crippling price hikes in fuel, reports Christina Finn.
Some in Govt circles say they are open to looking at reducing toll charges, but fear that such a proposal would not get past the Greens.
One Fine Gael TD says he is in favour of a toll reduction, saying it would help motorists that are under pressure.
No 'magic money tree' to help with fuel costs, says minister as pump prices jump above €2 a litre
Telling people to tighten their belts shows Govt is 'out of touch' on cost of living, says SF
# Dublin
Business owners divided over Capel Street pedestrianisation today
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Alison Gilliland, addressed some of the fears business owners on the street may have.
# Japan
Toyota suspends production at domestic plants after reported cyber attack
A spokeswoman for Toyota said that the stoppage, which for now will last a day, would affect production of 13,000 vehicles.
All time
# cop26
Climate activists deflate tyres of ‘luxury’ cars in Glasgow protest
Around 60 cars in the west end of Glasgow were targeted.
# Renault Megane
Volvo and Renault recall certain cars after issues identified
A number of Volvo cars and some Renault Meganes are being recalled to fix issues.
# Your Say
Poll: Should private cars be banned from city centres?
Dublin City Council has proposed measures to allow the city to function as Covid-19 restrictions are eased.
# Driving
Avoiding flat batteries and flooded engines: Ways to keep cars in good condition while sitting idle
AA Ireland said a lot of breakdowns at the moment are from faults caused by lack of use.
# Extension
No need to worry if your NCT has just gone out of date - the Government's going to extend their expiration dates
The new measures are expected to be published in the coming days.
# SAFETY INSPECTION
Part of NCT test suspended with immediate effect over safety checks on vehicle lifts
It comes one day after MOT testing in Northern Ireland was suspended due to similar issues.
# On The Road
117,000 new cars registered in Ireland in 2019 and just 3% were electric
The government is expected to soon publish draft legislation banning the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030.
# Shannon
Gardaí following definite line of inquiry after six cars destroyed by fire in Co Clare
Several other vehicles were also damaged in the incident on Friday night.
# Petrol
'They're taking 2c off us that they don't need': Drivers paying levy on petrol that is no longer needed, committee hears
The levy has been paid on petrol, oil and diesel since 1996.
# Recall
Thousands of Irish Subaru cars recalled due to defect in passenger airbag
The recall affects 2,500 vehicles in the Republic of Ireland.
# CSO
Hybrid and electric car sales increase by 68.5% so far this year
Wicklow’s electric car sales jumped massively, while Longford’s hybrid car licencing jumped by almost 15%.
# Mulhuddart
Man shot in the stomach in west Dublin not suffering from life-threatening injuries
Emergency services attended the scene and the man was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
# Beep beep
More electric vehicles sold in Ireland so far this year than in whole of 2018
A total of 1,437 electric vehicles were registered so far this year.
# Motoring
Irish car buyers shopping abroad as figures show drop in number of new vehicles taxed during 2018
It has been suggested that drivers are buying from the UK on the back of a strong Euro.
# Explainer
Explainer: All you need to know about the EU's new road safety technology proposals
The EU yesterday announced a string of new measures proposed by the EU to help improve road safety.
# Road Safety
All cars sold after 2022 must have speed-limiting technology, EU says
It is part of a string of new measures proposed by the EU to help improve road safety.
# warning
People reminded to lock their cars after 35 robberies in Cork at weekend
Many of the vehicles targeted were unlocked.
# Brexit
Nissan confirms new car model will not be built in Sunderland factory
The car giant announced in 2016 that it planned to build the model at its plant in Sunderland.
# 191
Brexit blamed for drop in new car sales
More than 32,000 new cars were registered in January, a 12.6% reduction on the same period last year.
# Cold Snap
It's another freezing morning - here's what you can do to keep your pipes clear and your car running
Temperatures today are only set to reach as high as 5 degrees with a sharp frost present on many roads.
# four-wheel drive
Electric car sales double but this SUV was the most popular new car in Ireland in 2018
Overall, new car sales fell last year by 4.4%.
Four men arrested over vintage car sales where elderly people were targeted
Gardaí said the operation “relates to offences of deception involving the purchase and sale of vintage and classic cars”.
# cannonball 2018
Almost 200 supercars are driving around Ireland in an attempt to break a world record
Cannonball 2018 kicked off from Malahide Castle yesterday morning.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think drivers who park on cycle lanes should get penalty points?
Is it time to get tough on motorists who block cycle lanes?
# Road Safety
Minister admits 'difficulties' in bringing in law for minimum passing distance when overtaking cyclists
A new law to require drivers to allow one metre when passing cyclists on roads was announced in February.
# pain in the pothole
Had your car or bike damaged by a pothole? You're not the only one
Six in 10 people have had their mode of transport damaged by potholes.
# On The Road
Slight drop in cost of petrol and diesel, but we're still paying more than last year
Drivers are paying 10c more compared to July 2017.
# Road Deaths
Motorists urged to slow down and be more aware of tractors this summer
There have been a number of fatal road accidents in recent days.
# On the way
Driverless cars: What will they mean for Ireland's future road safety, jobs and even our driving tests?
Even if you don’t drive them, driverless cars could be part of your driving test.
# arralis
Meet the 'secretive' Limerick man who's quietly putting eyes on spacecraft and cars
Arralis CEO Barry Lunn is working towards the motoring industry’s ‘iPhone moment’.