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# Cars

All time
# Traffic
Live in a new house in Dublin? You probably have a long commute
Many new estates in Dublin are not serviced by public transport, according to a new study.
# Racing
Eight to appear in court over illegal motoring events in Clare
Up to 70 modified cars were involved.
# Holy Cow!
How many calves can you fit in the back of a small red Fiat?
A Kerry driver found out for us, thank God.
# Vroom vroom
Here's how many cars have been sold so far this year...
Toyota leads the field in new car registrations ahead of Volkswagen.
# Fast and Fanore-ius
Eight charged over Clare modified car rallies
The eight will appear before Ennis District Court on 23 April.
# racing banner
70 vehicle 'modified car rally' from Lahinch to Cliffs of Moher leads to eight arrests
The illegal rally took place on 7 March.
# Trinners for sinners
Car driven by 68-year-old crashes into the front gate of Trinity College
The man was arrested after damaging a number of cars and drove the wrong way up Dawson Street.
# ashes to ashes
Lots of people woke up to find their car covered in sand this morning
What caused the mystery sand?
# buckle up
Over 8,400 drivers caught not putting seatbelts on children
And an another terrible statistic from the RSA reveals that one in five people killed on our roads last year were not wearing their seatbelts.
# Cop Gear
This old Morris Minor police car will be driving through London today
Here’s why…
# special delivery
Volvo wants to deliver all your shopping directly to your car
The roam delivery service will allow couriers one-time access to your car, allowing them to drop off your shopping when you’re not around.
# total recall
Toyota recalls over a million hybrid cars, 700 in Ireland
The recall on 700 Priuses is due to a software glitch.
# Vroom vroom
Good sign for 2014? Car sales zoom ahead by 33 per cent
SIMI says that the upsurge in car sales has brought a sense of optimism to dealerships.
# self-service
Robotic petrol pumps could be arriving sooner than you think
Combine this with self-driving cars and there’ll be no reason to do anything while you’re on the road.
# Motor Porn
The cars of the near future will be seriously kitted out...
Carmakers race to find voice-to-text technology – but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Our cars may soon be able to tell us where they are in the parking lot.
# Car Sales
A boost from the '132' plate, but overall drop of 6.4 per cent in new cars licensed in 2013
The new bi-annual registration system helped create an increase in sales mid year, but overall 5,000 fewer new cars were licensed.
# automobiles
Google teams up with automakers to bring Android to cars
The first cars with Android integration are expected to launch at the end of the year.
# Parking
Legislation to regulate vehicle clamping to be published early 2014
The new provisions will establish an independent appeals process.
# Vroom vroom
Irish among least likely to use public transport in EU
A new EU-wide survey found Irish people are second only to Cyprus when it comes to using their cars every day.
# good vibrations
McLaren aims to replace windscreen wipers with sound waves
The technology used would create tiny vibrations that would prevent any water or dirt from resting on the windscreen.
# Harsh Buzz
Unhappy campers: VW announces the end of the line for iconic 'Bus'
It was the Mystery Machine and the centre of Little Miss Sunshine, but now the VW Bus is to be no more.
# Speedy Recovery
Is this the soundest cop ever?
A nice car seems to go a long way.
# LA Auto Show
Driven to distraction: carmakers face questions over gadget risks
Technologies also cause problems for regulators as they try to decide where to draw the line.
# sponsored by volvo
6 little luxuries you don't have to feel guilty about
Life’s little luxuries – that won’t break the bank.
Voices
Column: Paying top-ups to senior staff raises serious questions about hospital operations
There’s something wrong in the system when we are topping-up hospital executives’ pay while clamping patients in hospital car parks for money, writes Catherine Murphy TD.
# Gas
Why would anyone fill their car up like this Kerry driver?
A baffling sight spotted in Tralee.
# Ice Ice Baby
Getting winter ready: Councils stockpile salt in preparation for icy conditions
Following the cold snaps of 2009 and 2010, some councils said they are well prepared for the icy conditions ahead this winter.
# Stats
Volkswagen most popular as new vehicle licenses jump 16 per cent
There was an increase of 16 per cent in cars licensed but this could have been influenced by changes in the Motor Tax regime.
# In Numbers
JobBridge, cigarettes and house prices: The week in numbers
Plus: Exactly how many Labour Party councillors have left the party because they disagree with its policies in government?
# Cars
New number plates haven't helped motor industry
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry says that while the new number plates contributed to a small rise in sales, it has been a difficult year.
# Driving Licence
National Driver Licence Service is back up and running today
Extra staff has been brought in to ensure things run smoothly in the centres today.
# Vroom vroom
Applying for a driving licence? New rules come into force today
A new plastic credit card-style licence will replace the pink paper licence.
# Saudi Arabia
Saudi women get behind the wheel to protest against driving ban
Women have been driving in Saudi Arabia to protest against females not being issued licences.
# Speeding
Operation Slowdown detects 364 drivers speeding over 24-hour period
From 7am on Friday until 7am this morning, gardaí checked the speed of 96,838 vehicles.
Voices
Aaron McKenna: Why we should move to a GPS based mileage tax on motorists
The US state of Oregon is becoming one of the first places in the world to trial the idea of rolling out per-mile taxation of motorists. We should follow suit.
# Jobswatch
Volvo slashes 2,000 jobs worldwide
The company said the cuts will be mainly in administrative and support roles in its 112,000-strong workforce.
# good will
Good will messages and donations flood in for Lauryn Tracey whose wheelchair was stolen last week
Following TheJournal.ie’s article last week about five-year-old Lauryn’s wheelchair being stolen, the family have been inundated with help.
Voices
Column: Our proposal for Budget 2014? Swappage.
The scrappage scheme worked but only provided a once-off (though welcome) boost to both car sales and tax revenues. Swappage is focused on longer term benefits, writes Alan Nolan.
# sponsored by the road safety authority
These fantastic people are making our roads safer every day
Heart-warming stories of community outreach from the Road Safety Authority’s Leading Light Awards.
# motors
Increase of 17% in new private cars licensed in September
Volkswagen was the most popular make of new vehicle licensed in September.