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Friday 27 January 2023 Dublin: 3°C

# Cars

All time
# Beep beep
We're buying a lot of new cars... the most since 2009
It’s the first time in 5 years new car sales have reached over 95,000.
# total recall
Volkswagen recalls 1,256 cars in Ireland
If you have a Volkswagen Polo 1,2 TDI, you should definitely read this.
# arrive alive
Here's how many people gardaí caught speeding this morning
There’ll be an increased Garda presence on the roads until 7am tomorrow.
# vorsprung durch technik
WATCH: This Audi has become the world's fastest self-driving car
BEHOLD THE FUTURE.
# clamp happy
Nine complaints a day made against Dublin clampers
Three clamping staff were also attacked during that time in the city.
# Exhausted
This is what happens when you attach a bunch of party whistles to a car exhaust
Party car just wants to party.
# Road Safety
Speed limits in housing estates to be reviewed after tragic death of Jake Brennan
Jake’s Legacy Campaign was set up to promote increased safety on roads for cyclists and pedestrians.
# slow down
Reducing speed limits to 30 km/h in built-up areas – would you be in favour?
The Institute of Public Health said lowering the speed limit will benefit public health.
# Prime Numbers
Wetherspoon's, Facebook, and the Luas: The week in numbers
Plus: How many cars have been bought in Ireland so far this year?
# no smoking
How much will people be fined for smoking in a car with children?
There’s speculation that the original fine could be €80 but this could go up to €1,000 if the fine isn’t paid and the case is brought to court.
# ARGHHHHHH
Ever been clamped? The process is set to be overhauled
A new Bill seeks to regulate release fees and introduce a complaints process.
# road safety week
Have you checked your tyres lately?
The minimum legal tyre tread depth is 1.6mm for cars and 1mm for motorcycles.
# Beep beep
A LOT of new cars have been bought in Ireland this year
Over 20,000 more new cars have been bought in Ireland so far this year, compared with 2013.
# Incident
Collision blocks right lanes on M50 southbound
Emergency services are removing the vehicle.
# falklands
Top Gear team forced to leave Argentina after anger over Clarkson's number plate
Locals claimed the registration plate referred to the Falklands war.
# oooooooo
This 1980s General Motors touchscreen was decades ahead of its time
Almost as good as Kit.
# Safety
If you've bought an Opel recently you're being told not to drive it
New Corsas, Adams or Corsavans were manufactured with a steering fault.
Voices
Aaron McKenna: We need to deal with the dangers of older drivers as much as young ones
Yes, it may be politically unpalatable to target older drivers (ie solid voters) but is that a good enough reason to allow dangerous drivers onto our road?
# firestarter
Arsonist sought after six cars set on fire over the weekend
Police in Belfast are treating the fires as suspicious.
Voices
Column: As a country that thrives on its reputation for craic, we must ensure our cities are a place of enjoyment
‘A good city is like a good party – people stay much longer than really necessary because they are enjoying themselves.’
# striiikkkeee
Travelling to work? Don't forget, there are no Intercity, DART or Commuter services today
Don’t turn up at a train station this morning. You’ll find the doors locked
# Injuries
Man in hospital with serious head injuries following overnight crash in Enniskillen
A 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a number of motoring offences
# No Cars Go
This 24-year-old student is going to free Helsinki from car ownership
Impressive.
# Roads
Woman killed and six people injured in crash in Galway
Six people – including three children – were taken to hospital to be treated for their injuries.
# n plates
11 driving sins that should automatically earn you a novice plate
An N plate for you, an N plate for you, and an especially big N plate for YOU!
# Horror
This filthy car will make you feel really good about the state of your car
*shivers*
# regulation
Taxi-hailing Uber app banned in South Korea over fears of unlicensed drivers
Drivers can bypass background checks, insurance and vehicle upkeep and safety.
# Going Green
We bought five times more electric cars this year...
…but don’t get too excited – that’s still only 124 out of 62,280.
# Fuel Cell Car
Toyota to sell fuel cell cars for €50k in US, Europe
Japanese carmaker says its new fuel cell vehicle can travel about 700km before refuelling.
# Road Safety Authority
Driver deaths are down, but "more vulnerable" road users are being killed
The Public Accounts Committee was also told that about 130,000 more cars were taxed this year following an end to the practice where vehicles could be declared as “off-road” after the fact.
# scammed
These cars were bought with fake bank drafts and sold on to unsuspecting buyers
Gardaí said there is a nationwide scam with perpetrators using marketplace sites to buy the cars and then sell them on for cash. One person lost €40,000 last year.
# telematics
Will a 'black box' fitted into cars help improve road safety?
A new study, which is being run by Trinity College Dublin and CRASH Services, will fit a ‘black box’ into cars to see if such technology can help improve driver behaviour.
# On Yer Bike
There is a 'real turf war' going on between cyclists and drivers in Dublin
A new Trinity College research project also finds that a large number of cycling accidents are going unreported.
# The Wire
Woman rescued after managing to get her tyres stuck in overhead wires
How did this even happen?
# Have your say
How should the driving test be changed?
The Road Safety Authority wants your input.
# Your Say
Poll: Should smoking in cars when children are present be banned?
Going too far? Or should it have been done years ago?
# cruising
The 10 joyous stages of getting your very first car
Time to go to all the places we don’t need to go to.
# fools of the road
Back off, buddy: Irish drivers love to 'tailgate'
Survey shows we have three main ways of dealing with impatient drivers.
# Top Gear
Jeremy Clarkson denies using racist rhyme while filming Top Gear
An unseen clip shows Clarkson using racist word just days after last racism row.
# sponsored by volkswagen
6 typically Irish grooming mistakes
Hands up, who’s guilty?