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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Motoring

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# Clare Daly
TD Clare Daly stopped by Gardaí over alleged drink driving
The ULA deputy was arrested in Dublin last night, and said she had “been given a hot whiskey for a cold.”
# number plates
VIDEO: Motoring industry explains reasons for new number plates
SIMI’s video argues that changing the plates will have a broader positive effect than merely helping car sales.
# Driving Licence
Pharmacists claim new driving licence system will have 'devastating' effect
Pharmacists say the new credit card-style driving licence system will remove the need to get photos taken at a shop.
VIDEO: Check out this Dutch motorway that glows in the dark
Two motorways, being completed in Brabant this summer, also include special lanes to recharge electric cars on the go.
# Traffic
Major tailbacks on M1 southbound after multi-vehicle crash
A pile-up at around 12:40pm caused the entire motorway to be closed off to passing southbound traffic.
# Motoring
Motoring industry reports 11.5pc drop in new cars sold in 2012
The Society of the Irish Motoring Industry says 79,498 cars were sold in 2012 – down from almost 90,000 the year before.
# Motoring
First look: Here's what the new 2013 numberplates will look like
From tomorrow, new cars will carry the year of their registration plus an extra digit, depending on the time of year.
# Motor Tax
Budget 2013: Motor tax costs rise by up to 25 per cent
Triskaidekaphobia wins: from next year there’ll be two batches of registration plates. Say hello to ’131′ and ’132′.
# Budget 2013
What motorists should expect in Budget 2013
VRT increases, road tax increases, and a new registration plate system.
# Toyota
Toyota recall part 2: Car maker recalls over 35,000 cars in Ireland
A voluntary recall has been issued after problems were identified in the car maker’s Avensis and Prius models. It is part of a global recall of millions of vehicles.
# Garda Inspectorate
Gardaí driving squad cars without specialist course - four years after report
A report of the Garda inspectorate says a practice warned about four years ago is still continuing.
# motors
Ford's British van factory set to close: reports
Around 500 jobs potentially at stake should the Southampton factory close.
# Your Say
Poll: Should men and women's car insurance premiums be the same?
A new EC directive on gender discrimination reckons that men and women should pay the same for their motor insurance. Do you agree?
# Toyota
Toyota recall: Car maker recalls thousands of vehicles in Ireland
It is part of a worldwide recall of 7.43 million cars around the world.
# Motoring
Cross-border recognition of drivers' penalty points by 2015
Transport ministers from both sides of the border have agreed a “detailed timetable” for laws recognising penalty points.
# Car Sales
September car sales down 10pc on last year
Figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry portray a struggling industry, with sales down in seven of nine months.
# Roads
Female motorcyclist dies after collision with car in Cork
The woman in her 20s was involved in a collision with a car on Sarsfield Road at about 11pm last night.
# Road Safety
Road safety chief wants automatic checks of crash drivers' phone records
Noel Brett of the Road Safety Authority says it should be routine practice for drivers in crashes to have their records checked.
# Up the Deise
Insurers' index shows Waterford drivers get cheapest premiums
Data produced by shows that 11 out of 12 hypothetical drivers would get cheaper insurance in Waterford than anywhere else.
# number 13
Healy-Rae vindicated as 2013 licence plates to avoid 'unlucky 13'
Government is looking to introduce a new licence-plate system to boost car sales next year – when Healy-Rae first mooted the idea in February, he said he was “ridiculed”.
# Motoring
Vehicle registration tax hikes 'understandable but disappointing' - AA
It’s reported today that changes to the vehicle registration system will likely send the price of new cars even higher.
# Motoring
New car sales continue to fall significantly
However, official figures are greatly exaggerated because of last year’s scrappage scheme.
# Road Safety
7 tips for staying safe on the roads during this morning's floods
The worst of the rain seems to have passed – but the roads still present many hazards for motorists this morning.
# Penalty Points
Changes to points system will see increased penalties for speeding, using phones
The planned changes could also cut the penalties for driving without a valid NCT – from five points down to three.
# Vroom vroom
How well is Ireland set up for electric cars?
Prices, charging points and government grants: looks into electric vehicle ownership in Ireland today.
# Motoring
Drivers asked to take extra care this Bank Holiday weekend
During the first weekend of June last year, one person was killed and 12 people seriously injured on Irish roads.
# Tragedy
Two spectators killed in accident at Cavan Stages rally
The spectators were struck by an out-of-control car participating in the rally, around a mile outside Bailieborough.
# Prime Numbers
Foreign aid, college fees and pregnancies: the week in statistics
How much will the US’s aid cuts to Pakistan really matter? And just how many priests have been connected with abuse allegations?
# 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: Should 'alco-locks' be mandatory on all vehicles?
An event in Dublin this week is set to call for the universal use of in-car breathalysers, disabling a car if the driver fails it.
# 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?
# Motoring
Driving with dimmed headlights may be mandatory by 2015
Leo Varadkar says the Road Safety Authority will consider mandatory rules when the country’s car fleet becomes more modern.
# primp my ride
A quarter of motorists groom themselves while driving
International survey shows that up to 20 per cent admit to having changed their clothes while behind the wheel.
# Smoking Ban
Reilly will not oppose bill to ban smoking in cars when children are present
The bill proposed by a number of senators now moves forward to Committee stage next month.
# Motoring
Motor industry calls for 'second numberplate' as sales plummet
An industry body says new car sales in April were down by almost a quarter compared to the same time last year.
Column: Why I'm bringing the DeLorean back - as an electric car
Electricity is more readily available and cheaper than petrol, but people need to be converted to electric cars and realise that you can still get high performance from those vehicles, writes Stephen Wynne.
# 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)
# Motoring
Drivers 'paying €30 each' to cover those without insurance
The Irish Brokers Association wants drivers who travel without insurance to have their cars seized by the State.