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Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Drivers

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# Road Deaths
'We've lost the equivalent of a month's worth of lives in two days': RSA issues safety warning
Seven people died on roads in the Republic and Northern Ireland today and yesterday.
# Drivers
'This is their team' - Casey and Coombes lead the way for Munster progress
Johann van Graan’s side host the Stormers at Thomond Park tonight.
# pandemic
Ten months added to expiry date on driving licences
The extension will apply to driving licences expiring from 1 July to 31 October 2021.
# slow down
Nearly 1,000 drivers caught breaking the speed limit during national 'Slow Down Day'
Over a 24-hour period,150,605 vehicles were checked.
# Drivers
Government confirms further extension to expiry dates of driving licences
A letter will be sent to every customer who is entitled to an extension.
# Driving
Here's how the RSA's driving services and NCT services are affected under Level 5
Driver theory tests are being suspended for a period of six weeks.
# Commuters
Workers who walk or cycle to work less likely to be in receipt of illness benefit, new figures show
Those on lower salaries were also more likely to be in receipt of illness benefit.
# Covid-19
Drivers urged to slow down as more cyclists and pedestrians are on the roads
Roads around Ireland are getting busier as Covid-19 restrictions start to ease.
# protection
Concerns remain about safety of Bus Eireann drivers as they demand screens on all buses
The company said it is rolling out face visors to drivers this week as an interim measure.
Relaxation of HGV driving and resting time rules to allow flow of essential goods during crisis
Drivers will now be entitled to drive a maximum 56 hours in each consecutive week until further notice.
# Unpaid Fines
Drivers who don't pay fines shouldn't be able to renew motor tax, says Courts Service
The Courts Service has called for the further reform of the court fines system.
# graduated speeding
'I am not privy to the plot': Shane Ross doesn't anticipate 'going to war' over new speeding laws
Under the new system, drivers who speed excessively will be hit with heavier penalties.
# buyer beware
Gardaí confirm they have launched 'comprehensive' probe into ghost insurance brokers
Customers are urged to check that their broker is registered before taking out insurance.
# unchained
Extinction Rebellion protesters arrested and released after chaining themselves to gates of Leinster House
Dozens of gardaí formed a human chain around protestors as their locks were cut off the gate looking onto Merrion Square.
# 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.
# Privatisation
Recruitment under way for new drivers as routes switch to Go-Ahead buses
Successful applicants will receive training and their pay package will be €32,000 per year.
# invalid
RSA tells those living in Ireland with a UK drivers licence: 'Better to be safe than sorry, swap your licence now'
In the event of a no-deal Brexit the driving licence of a UK licence holder living in Ireland will no longer be recognised.
# Brexit
Department asks Europe to set a date for when motorists travelling to Northern Ireland will not need green cards
The government is working on a bilateral arrangement between the EU and the UK, but that has yet to be agreed.
# crossing the border
One million Green Card forms sent to motor insurance providers in case there's a no-deal Brexit
Drivers who think they may need a card have been advised to apply one month in advance.
# On Yer Bike
Drivers who put cyclists at risk to be targeted, but it won't be mandatory to wear high-vis while on your bike
Government plans to build on existing rules that govern cycling and driving rules.
# clancy amendment
From midnight, it's illegal for car owners to let unaccompanied learners drive their vehicle
“Unaccompanied learner driving is illegal and it is dangerous,” Minister Shane Ross said today.
# Speeding
Details revealed of how drivers face higher fines and penalty points the more they break the speed limit
A graduated penalty system for speeding will be introduced where the speed limit is exceeded by 30kph.
# Road Safety
Traffic lights that take longer to change could reduce older pedestrian road deaths
An RSA lecture today heard pedestrian risk increases with age.
# commuter charter
The Green Party want more 'kiss and ride' zones around the country (but it's not what you think)
‘Kiss and ride’ zones are designed to allow drivers to stop and drop off or pick up people for a maximum of a few minutes.
# 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?
# Bowsie behaviour
Drunk driver caught doing more than 100 mph, driving (repeatedly) wrong way around roundabout
Some drivers have been acting the eejit and then some over the bank holiday.
# Courts
Justice minister says he plans to abolish court poor box payments
Charlie Flanagan says it is no longer fit for purpose.
# 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.
# Careful Now
Drivers will soon have to observe a minimum passing distance when overtaking cyclists
The new law will require drivers to allow one metre when passing cyclists on roads with a speed limit under 50 km/h.
# unnecessary journeys
Gardaí warn of increase in minor collisions as they advise people to stay home if possible
The force’s senior officer for roads policing said elderly pedestrians are at particular risk during this severe weather.
# clancy amendment
Car owners who allow unaccompanied learner drivers to use their vehicle to face prosecution
Allowing someone who does not have a licence drive your car will also be an offence.
# slow down
Drivers warned of 'sudden hailstone showers' ahead of severe weather forecast
Met Eireann have issued several wind and snow-ice warnings for this afternoon.
# hailstorm
Gardaí warn that taxi hailing apps are being used to lure drivers to robberies
A driver was robbed at gunpoint on New Year’s Eve.
# Irish Roads
County breakdown of 582,738 penalty points on driving licences
The majority of drivers had three penalty points (400,502), while 59,404 had six points and 42,700 had two.
# Not happy
From being overcharged to the car 'smelling like a zoo': Why people complain about taxis
The National Transport Authority receives around 1,000 complaints about taxis every year.
# Be Safe
Gardaí tell people to 'gift a lift' this Christmas as drink driving arrests increase
Road deaths are down this year, but gardaí said they will not be complacent in the run up to Christmas.
# safe home
Heading home on the M4? Long delays anticipated due to flooding
Drivers are being told to delay their journey, use public transport or take alternative routes this evening.
# Workplace Relations
New 'improved' rosters for Bus Éireann drivers in Navan from Sunday - NBRU
Discussions have been taking place between management and unions over pay, rosters, and drivers’ productivity.
# broadstone
Bus Éireann staff say problems with northeast services 'have nothing to do with absenteeism'
They’re to do with a lack of buses and too many impractical services, say drivers. And they’re not one bit impressed with the situation.
# no parking
'Follow him home and burn him out': Records reveal abuse and assaults suffered by traffic wardens
Over a seven-month period there were 20 incidents in Navan, including a number of threats and physical assaults.