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Saturday 25 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Drivers

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# Your Say
Poll: Do you agree with a harsher penalty points system for novice drivers?
New measures could see novice drivers taken off the road after racking up just six penalty points. Do you agree?
# Road Rage
1 in 3 drivers 'expect' aggression or intimidation on Irish roads
A survey on motorists says that 13 per cent of them have gotten out of their car to confront another driver.
# Your Say
Poll: Should gardaí have the power to check mobile phone records of drivers involved in crashes?
What do you think of new proposals put forward by the Road Safety Authority?
# Target Express
Revenue defends Target Express action as workers begin sit-ins
The freight company ceased trading yesterday with the loss of 390 jobs. The owner blamed the tax authorities for the closure.
# Roads
Gardaí to run operation to get drivers to slow down
There have been four more fatalities on Irish roads than at this time last year, so Gardaí are trying to get drivers to reduce their speed.
How you could end up with a hefty bill if you crash on the M50
Roadway damage on the M50 caused by car accidents is recouped from your insurance company says M50 Concessions Ltd
# What the fliuch?
Gardaí warn motorists to take care during inclement weather
With heavy rain forecast, the gardaí are warning motorists to go slow and take care on the roads.
# Motoring
New car efficiency standards ‘would save drivers €800 a year’
Tougher laws to cut emissions would lead to dramatic savings in the cost of motoring, it’s been claimed.
# Your Say
Poll: Are 'R plates' for beginner drivers a good idea?
Do you agree with proposals to introduce R plates in order to identify novice drivers?
# Motorists
634 learner drivers convicted last year for not displaying L plates
The Transport Minister says that there no plans to introduce penalty points for learner drivers who failed to display L plates at this time.
# Clamping
Minister to introduce clamping legislation based on report
The Committee report includes recommendations standardising penalties, signage, training and appeal processes – and prohibiting operators from using premium rate phone numbers.
# Dilemma
The burning question*: Do you hover on outside lane on dual carriageway?
This and every Monday, let distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)
# Industrial Relations
Siptu lodges complaint over Stobart ballot
The trade union has accused the drivers services group of coercing employees to participate in a “hastily arranged ballot”.
# Fuel Prices
AA criticises 'all-time record' fuel prices
The rising cost of petrol and diesel is not the fault of garages but down to a Government decision to “super-tax” fuel, says the AA.
# Speed Cameras
New speed cameras collect €10million in fines
The cameras run by a private operator were introduced in November 2010.
# speed limits
Speed limits across the country set to be reviewed
Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has announced a major nationwide review to ensure that all speed restrictions are “both safe and sensible”.
# Roads
Half of drivers with penalty points think they were caught unfairly
A survey of 4,000 motorists also found a small number of drivers have been ‘swapping’ penalty points.
# Drivers
Kildare drivers least likely to be 'good samaritans'
Drivers in Donegal and Kerry are most likely to stop and help a stranded motorist – but Kildare and Meath drivers are least likely to intervene.
# Fuel
Price increases added €10 to fuel bills last month - AA
The cost of petrol and diesel at the pumps increased again in the last month, adding a reported average of €10 onto the cost of running a modest family car.
# Cars
Women (slightly) more likely to "neglect" their cars, says AA
That is according a new AA Rescue survey which showed that more women neglect “simple yet important” tasks like checking tyre pressure than men – but both genders fare badly overall.
# Roads
Motorists warned to take care on icy roads after several collisions
It’s frosty out there again – and readers have reported icy conditions on roads around the country.
# Motorists
Drivers "putting lives at risk" by stopping on motorway
AA Ireland and the Road Safety Authority is reminding all road-users not to stop or walk on a motorway unless it is an emergency, after a survey showed that 45 per cent of drivers use the hard shoulder to make or take calls.
# Drug Testing
Drug testing of motorists to be introduced in new year
Drivers suspected of being under the influence of drugs will have to perform co-ordination tests – such as walking in a straight line or balancing on one leg – under plans announced by Minister Leo Varadkar.
# Insurance
Drop in motor insurance premiums in 2011
The AA said that the average price of a motor insurance policy has dropped from €567 to €549 since the beginning of this year, and that the new stringent drink-driving laws could have a further positive effect.
# Floods
Here's what to do if your car is flooded...
Don’t attempt to restart it! Plus some other tips from the experts.
# Road Safety
Lower drink-drive limits to be introduced this week
The blood alcohol limit for drink-driving will be reduced from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood from this Friday – certain drivers will be tested at an even lower limit of 20mg.
# Motor Tax
'Pay as you drive' system should replace motor tax, says TD
Eamonn Maloney said an extra fuel surcharge would allow the government to axe the current vehicle tax altogether.
# Red Light
Camera installed in Dublin to catch drivers running red lights
Ireland’s first red light camera enforcement project is to begin shortly in Dublin.
# Driving
Parking fines to be halved for those who pay promptly?
Compulsory driving lessons for secondary students and reminders for drivers about NCT renewal dates are also among the proposals from an Oireachtas committee.
# Road Safety
Driver fatigue causes 1 in 5 road deaths
A motorist fighting sleep at the wheel experiences the same level perception impairment as someone driving over the alcohol limit, the Road Safety Authority has warned.
# Poll
Poll: Are women more likely to use their mobile phones while driving?
Today we’re asking if women are more likely to have their eyes on their phones while behind the wheel, after a senior Garda said that young females are more likely to be texting while driving.
# Drivers
€59 million paid out on behalf of uninsured drivers - report
Around €40 is added on to each driver’s insurance premium as a result of crashes which involved uninsured and hit-and-run drivers.
# Learner Drivers
New scheme for learner drivers comes into effect today
The Essential Driving Training scheme is being rolled out from today – meaning learner drivers will be required to complete 12 hours of lessons with an approved driving instructor before sitting their test.
# Driver Distraction
Eating and drinking while driving a ‘major distraction’, says AA
Nearly 75 per cent of drivers admit to eating while on the move, while almost half swear at their SatNavs.
# Driving
Women more likely to get stressed while driving: poll
New poll suggests women are more worried about driving, but director of AA Motor Insurance says that may not be a bad thing.
# Brrr
Ice persists across country's roads, motorists warned
Motorists have been urged to drive with extreme care as ice and black ice continue to cover roads across much of the country.
# Road Safety
L-drivers may get ‘speed limiters’
A number of strict new penalties for reckless drivers are being introduced by the Road Safety Authority.