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Thursday 30 March 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Cars

All time
# 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’.
# technical issue
Volkswagen to recall 410,000 cars over faulty seat belt issue
VW will begin writing to affected buyers “within the next few weeks”, it said.
# Investigation
Cars sold in Ireland included in recall of 312,000 BMW vehicles
The affected models are BMW 1 Series, 3 Series, Z4 and X1 petrol and diesel models made between March 2007 and August 2011.
# Driver Safety
All new cars in Ireland to be equipped to dial emergency services if you crash
eCall is a new life-saving technology which will be fitted to all new cars from today.
# key advice
One third of all cars broken into in residential areas left unlocked - Gardaí
Gardaí say that the vast majority of cars that were broken into or stolen from were done so using the key.
# College Green
'There's a cycling agenda here' - debate hots up ahead of planning meeting on Dublin's proposed civic plaza
The proposed College Green plaza has raised some businesses’ hackles.
# No Cars Go
'It’s not just your own life you’re risking': People told to not drive unless journey is essential
Several people had to be rescued after getting stuck in their cars.
# Off the Road
You won't be able to buy a petrol or diesel car in Ireland after 2030
NCT certs will not be issued for non-zero emissions cars.
# parking complaints
Over 228 people appeal car clamping decisions in the first two months of new law
Last year legislation came into effect to regulate clamping in Ireland, allowing for an appeals process from people who have felt hard-done by from clamping companies.
# thieves
Dun Laoghaire burglary gangs 'have joined forces' to target upmarket areas of south Dublin
The gangs have been robbing homes and cars for over a decade.
# driving isn't a runner
Take note - road closures are in place across Dublin ahead of tomorrow's city marathon
The SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon will be running across the capital from 8.55am tomorrow.
# lunch crunch
Poll: Have you ever been caught speeding?
Give it to us straight. Be honest.
# overnight effort
'You could grow rice in the field': Scramble to clean up Ploughing site after yesterday's flooding
New carparks have been set up for the final day of the Ploughing.
# Pollution
Diesel emissions may be responsible for 5,000 deaths in Europe every year
Researchers say almost half of those deaths could be preventable.
# from this weekend
Extra bus lanes for Dublin city as cars will be reduced to one lane on quays
Cars will also be banned from turning right onto O’Connell Bridge from Bachelors Walk.
# Bank Holiday
Gardaí out in force after high number of road deaths this week
Dublin Fire Brigade were called to a number of crashes last night.
# electric avenue
Electric cars: Is Ireland, and the world, ready for them?
Britain has vowed to “end the sale of all conventional petrol and diesel cars” by 2040.
# Your Say
Poll: Will your next car be an electric car?
The UK plans to phase out petrol and diesel cars by 2040, while Volvo will stop producing petrol cars in 2019.
# slow down
Driver to face court after gardaí clock car travelling at over 190 km/h
Traffic officers also dealt with a souped-up motorbike in Wicklow this afternoon.
Emails between Google and Uber show how the tech giants became enemies
Uber was suspicious that Google was going to launch a competing lift-sharing service.
# 30km zones
'If you introduce speed limits in a clumsy manner, nobody will pay attention'
From midnight tonight, speed limits in 10 Dublin areas will be lowered to 30km/h.
# fuelling the boom
The price of fuel is going down but motorists are still paying far more than they did last year
The AA says it is concerned that, for every litre of petrol purchased, 63.67% goes to the government.
# buckle up
Four out of five child car seats aren't properly fitted
“You could have the best car in the world and best seat in the world but they could not work together.”
# Limerick
'Fast cars are my heroin': Man jailed after 'reckless' high speed chase
A judge said Jamie Marshall’s driving was “a very serious threat to the public”.
# Dublin Quays
Greens say traffic plans are 'too generous to cars' and anti-public transport
There is concern car traffic in Dublin city could slow down the new Luas line.
# Gridlock
Get stressed out sitting in traffic jams? One TD says it's impacting on people’s quality of life
Next week, Dublin City Council will discuss new plans to restrict car numbers in the city.
# pump it up
Petrol prices drop for first time in six months
On average, a litre of petrol now costs 136.6c, while a litre of diesel costs 126.0c.
# Organised Crime
Cannabis worth €500,000 seized outside shopping centre in Kildare
Two men were arrested at the scene.
# don't get duped
AA warns car buyers about new mileage 'lowballing' scam
By doctoring the mileage twice, unscrupulous sellers can dupe buyers and fool NCT checks, says the AA.
# Scam
Volkswagen pleads guilty in emissions cheating scandal, set to pay extra €4bn in fines
The guilty plea entered today is in addition to over €16 billion in settlements the company has already agreed to pay.
Open thread: What's the best bit of car advice you've ever been given?
Share your wisdom.
# sponsored by ford
QUIZ: How Much of a Car Expert Are You?
Vroom vroom – let’s find out.
# cars and jewellery
CAB wants to sell €500k-worth of assets 'linked to Kinahan cartel'
The assets include jewellery, motorbikes and cars seized by the bureau following raids in March 2016.
# Your Say
Poll: Should elderly motorists be made to take their driving test again?
Transport Minister Shane Ross has said that retesting “is a really good idea”.
# Zero Tolerance
'Only matter of time until someone is killed' - Council to vote on towing cars that block cycle lanes
A mass cycle protest is due to take place outside Leinster House today.
# sponsored by mini
6 unmissable outdoor day trips to enjoy around Ireland
There’s so much to explore.
# fresh car smell
The cost of buying a car has gone down, but fewer new ones were sold last month
The cost of fuel and insurance have increased, however.
# Palatine Square
'Mindless violence': Cars and house damaged by early morning fire in Dublin
A local councillor said the cars “appear to have been set alight in an act of mindless violence, just feet away from terraced houses while people slept”.
# rising costs
Car insurance gone up? Insurers will soon have to tell you why
New laws will be in place by the end of the year to ensure that insurance companies tell customers why they are paying more.
# going underground
Dublin's Port Tunnel is getting a new system to catch people speeding
The cameras calculate car speed based on how long it takes motorists to get through the tunnel.