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Saturday 1 April 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Motoring

All time
# Now you're motoring
How does motor tax in Ireland compare with Europe?
Somewhere in the middle.
# drifting
Watch the world record for the tightest parallel parking, it's actually unbelievable
Feed the wheel, feed the wheel.
# dodgy fuel
Complaints about petrol 'stretching' in Mayo force gardaí to act
Gardaí will implement a plan to tackle it with Revenue.
# Exhausted
This is what happens when you attach a bunch of party whistles to a car exhaust
Party car just wants to party.
# road's in sh*te
This is the worst road striping to have ever existed
Chaos. Utter chaos.
# jammers
Spillage of fruit preserves causes literal traffic jam
Sticky wheels ahoy.
# 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.
# The Wire
Woman rescued after managing to get her tyres stuck in overhead wires
How did this even happen?
# eco-friendly
You may be judged on your fuel efficiency in a new driving test
The RSA wants your view but it has some of its own ideas.
# don't hold your breath
Teenager crashes in a tunnel after passing out from holding his breath
Drugs and alcohol were not involved.
# 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.
# 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.
# Hammer time
Here's what NOT to do when de-icing your car
Well it’s certainly one way to clear the windscreen.
# garda review
Senior gardaí "looking closely" at drink-drive 'loophole' verdict
There has been speculation that the case could lead to many more drivers having charges struck out…
# Operation Artery
Just two drink-drive arrests after 1,100 motorists stopped
The drivers were stopped over a one hour period at checkpoints in Dublin overnight.
# rushin
Russian car chase ends in bizarre shovel fight
Don’t mess with these guys.
# Speedy Recovery
Is this the soundest cop ever?
A nice car seems to go a long way.
# Road Deaths
Young man killed in Dublin road crash
The 22-year-old was the passenger of a car that hit a tree in the Baldwinstown area last night.
# sponsored by volvo
6 little luxuries you don't have to feel guilty about
Life’s little luxuries – that won’t break the bank.
# roadwatch
Rise in winter breakdowns due to increasing amount of older cars, says AA
The motoring association also has some handy tips for keeping your car on the road over the next couple of months.
# Motoring
Dutch test new system to tackle traffic jams
GPS system to tell drivers which lane to move to on motorway pilot scheme.
# 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.
# Ouch
Girl attempts to ride motorbike, fails spectacularly
You’re supposed to go AROUND the trailer.
# stop the lights
WATCH: This heat sensitive car changes colour with temperature
We want one. Now.
# sure why not?
Is this the most Irish tax disc of all?
Seems legit.
# pimp my ride
13 ways to fail at owning a car
It’s way more hassle than it’s worth.
# keep on truckin'
WATCH: Crazy compilation of close-calls with trucks
Will you MIND!
# Sucking diesel
'Modest' fall means petrol prices are down 7 per cent in ten months
Data from AA Ireland says the average litre of petrol now costs 157.4 cent – down from a peak of €1.70 last year.
# Car Sales
Further fall in car sales as industry pins hopes on '132' numberplate
The number of new cars sold in May was down 22.5 per cent on the same month last year, SIMI figures show.
# Operation Slowdown
'32,178 vehicles checked' in first 12 hours of Bank Holiday speed crackdown
Gardaí say they have detected 129 people driving above the speed limit in today’s crackdown.
# Twit
Driver admits hitting cyclist on Twitter; provokes response from police force
Some free advice: if you ever hit a cyclist while driving, don’t tell your Twitter followers.
# Your Say
Poll: Should motor tax be scrapped and included in the cost of fuel?
New changes to the arrears system once again raise the question of whether tax should instead be included in fuel.
# Motor Tax
Drivers will have to declare cars as 'off road' before tax runs out
A change to the motor tax laws, confirmed yesterday, will end a system which could allow some drivers to escape motor tax.
# Car Sales
Car sales down 14 per cent in first quarter
A total of 11,682 private cars were sold for the first time in March – down from 13,051 the same time last year.
# Car Sales
12 per cent fall in new car sales in February
A total of 9,671 private cars were sold for the first time in February – down from nearly 11,000 the same time last year.
# Road Safety
Potholes, loose chippings, floods: Welcome to Ireland’s rural roads
One council engineer admits that limited funding means “we are stretched beyond breaking point to carry out even basic repairs”.
# Petrol Prices
Fuel costs rise for first time in five months: AA survey
An average litre of petrol now costs 159.4 cent, and a litre of diesel 153.7 cent, according to AA Ireland research.
# Traffic
Driverless cars will make intersections so efficient it's scary
No more sitting at traffic lights?