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# Motoring

All time
# Fuel
Noonan rules out cuts to fuel taxes despite record prices
As the price of a litre of petrol passes €1.62, the Minister for Finance says tax cuts could mean “significant costs” to the State.
# Motoring
New car sales down 18 per cent in February
Although the sale of new goods vehicles was up compared to last year, sales of private cars is down by a significant margin.
# Penalty Points
IT work needed before foreign drivers can accrue penalty points
Leo Varadkar says that while a new law allows drivers without Irish licences to get points, the IT isn’t in place to implement it.
# Motoring
6.5 per cent increase in new car sales in January
New CSO figures show that the number of private cars registered in January 2012 was up by almost 900 on last year.
# Triskadekaphobia
Drop ’13′ from next year’s numberplates to save car industry, urges Healy-Rae
Michael Healy-Rae says motor dealers fear a drop in sales next year due to the presence of the number 13 on numberplates.
# Motoring
Cheaper cars may be on the way to Ireland after ECJ ruling
The European Commission has formally told Ireland to change its motor tax rules for vehicles which are less than 3 months old.
# Motoring
Number of new licensed cars falls nearly 8 per cent in December
But the total number of private cars and goods vehicles licensed last year increased.
# Road Safety
€100m fund to improve safety at motoring 'black spots'
Leo Varadkar announces a new fund for works on bad bends and congested areas, with works on 30 projects to begin this year.
# Motoring
One in eight drivers admit to collision or 'near miss' with cyclists
A survey by AA Motor Insurance finds that 12 per cent of motorists have (almost) had run-ins with cyclists in the last two years.
# N0 CH4NC3
Government rules out allowing personalised registration plates
Michael Noonan says the current system of car registrations is simple – and allowing personalised plates would cause confusion.
# Motoring
NCT charge to increase by 10 per cent
From 1 February, it will now cost you €55 to have your car deemed road-worthy (or not).
# Registrations
In photos: the top ten best-selling cars of 2011
Car registrations rose by 1.64 per cent last year, while Toyota was the top-selling brand of the year.
# Weather
Warnings of black ice as weather alert remains in effect
AA Roadwatch warns of tricky driving conditions across the country after patchy snow fell during overnight storms.
# gaudy
The tackiest car in the world: yours for €8.2m
It has a 14-carat gold interior and the wheel nuts are studded with rubies – would you be seen driving this?
# Budget 2012
Winners and losers of Budget 2012: In pictures
There was plenty at stake in the austere Budget presented by Brendan Howlin and Michael Noonan over the past two days. This slideshow will fill you in…
# Budget 2012
Budget 2012: Motor tax hike of 7.5 per cent for most vehicles
Wondering how much your car will cost you next year? Read on for the full extent of tax and fuel hikes…
# Motoring
On track: Craig Breen takes top driver award
Eddie Jordan presented with the Motorsport Ireland Hall of Fame Award.
# Carbon Tax
Budget could put extra 5c on petrol - and €30 on tank of oil
It is reported this morning that carbon tax will rise by at least a third – making it more expensive to heat your home.
# Your Say
Poll: Will motor tax hikes make you change/get rid of your car?
With a motor tax increase promised for a wide swathe of vehicle owners in the upcoming Budget 2012, how would that affect all you drivers out there?
# Motoring
Motorists face a 'grim budget' - AA Ireland
The Minister for the Environment confirmed that road taxes will be increased in the Budget for 2012.
# Markets
All eyes on the Fed as choppy markets make small gains
Markets in New York are recording tentative gains as the Federal Reserve meets to discuss potential action.
# The End is Nigh
Is this the bottom? Europe reverses early losses as markets turn green
European stock markets opened with more losses, but are moving upward again as traders expect a strong US opening.
# Silver lining
Market turmoil should make heating oil cheaper for Christmas
Investors are so panicked that the price of oil – which usually does well in choppy markets – is falling dramatically.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you consider buying an electric car?
Fuel costs are rising – making motoring more expensive than ever before. So would you make your next car an electric one?
# Car costs
Car running costs up 5.8 per cent on rising fuel
AA survey points to fuel as the main cause of extra motoring costs and advises people to continue shopping around for insurance.
# Your Say
Poll: Should smoking be banned in private cars?
The Minister for Health has said he would consider banning smoking in private vehicles. How would you react?
# Health
Children on board? Smoking in cars may be banned
Health Minister James Reilly says he’s in favour of legislating on smoking in cars.
# Traffic
Significant traffic delays on M50 following two-car crash
# Motoring
MEPs to vote on punishment for overseas driving offences
EU countries will be entitled to prosecute drivers using other countries’ cars, under a plan being voted on tomorrow.
# Economiser
'Economiser' tool may cut your motoring costs by 10 per cent
The National Consumer Agency’s new tool aims to educate people on how changing behaviour can save cash.
# 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.
New 'less girly' Beetle unveiled - the built-in flower vase is gone
Volkswagen reinvents the classic motor again but this time they’ve tried to make it more streamlined to appeal to men too.
Record high for petrol and diesel at Irish pumps
Average motorist now spending €226.05 a month – €127.77 of that is tax.
# Driving
Instructors slam new rules for mandatory driving lessons
New rules will require drivers to have at least 12 hours of lessons before applying for a learner permit – costing around €400.
# Motoring
AA Ireland launches nationwide anti-pothole petition
The breakdown assistance company says motorists paying high taxes on petrol shouldn’t have to tolerate poor road conditions.
# Motoring
Nine per cent admit to surfing the web while driving
An AA survey shows that ‘handheld mobile phone usage’ has increased since 2009, despite numerous safety campaigns.
# Road Rage
AA Ireland’s road rage survey: the figures in full
The full details from AA Ireland’s survey of over 10,000 motorists: is your county one of the most violent?