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Sunday 2 April 2023 Dublin: 10°C


Last week
26th March 2023 - 1st April 2023
# bike safe
'Don't get smashed up': Surgeon encourages bikers to get training from motorbike gardaí
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has officially launched the BikeSafe programme, which aims to reduce deaths and serious injuries among motorcyclists.
Union tells driving testers not to accept cars without valid NCT, against RSA stance
The requirement for a valid certificate was temporarily suspended because of Covid-19 delays.
Last month
March 2023
# Chance of Snow
Snow and ice: Status Yellow warning in Cork and Kerry tonight, plus 18 more counties on Thursday
An additional warning for low temperatures and ice is in place for specific counties tonight too.
This year
Almost 50k Learner drivers to wait 19 weeks for a test, says RSA
The national average waiting time for a driving test is currently 19 weeks, almost double the RSA’s target.
# ice warning
New nationwide status yellow ice warning to come into effect at 4pm
Met Éireann warns that icy stretches, and possible black ice in parts, will lead to hazardous travelling conditions.
# Status Yellow
Motorists warned to take care as further Status Yellow weather warning issued
A number of schools in Donegal have also closed for today due to snow.
Road deaths in Ireland increased by 13% last year
The number of pedestrian deaths more than doubled.
Last year
# Penalty Points
Over 543,000 people had points on their licences this year - a county-by-county breakdown
A total of 543,089 people had points on their licences on 30 September 2022.
# road safety appeal
New roadside drug testing system launched as part of Christmas and New Year road safety appeal
It works like an antigen test and delivers results in 2-8 minutes.
# Learner Permit
Unaccompanied driver on learner permit for past 30 years detected travelling at 147 kph
The incident happened over the weekend on the N7.
# Speeding
Fines for range of road offences have doubled since midnight
The death toll on Irish roads this year stands at 122 people.
# Road Safety
Parents urged not to gift quad bikes or scramblers to children this Christmas
38% of those injured in quad or scrambler incidents between 2017 and 2021 were aged 18 or under.
RSA says GDPR limited the level of road crash data it could publish, as questions raised in Dáil
The RSA says this is due to the fact that ‘the data must be treated as personal data in order to comply with GDPR demands’.
# forecast
Wet and windy weekend ahead as Status Yellow rain warning issued for Saturday night
Electric Picnic attendees may be in for a couple of blustery days.
# Speeding
Fines for speeding and using phone while driving set to double
More than 88,000 drivers were caught speeding so far this year.
# Road Safety
Almost one in four motorists check their phone notifications while driving
New research by the Road Safety Authority also found that 13% of drivers write messages or emails while behind the wheel.
# slow down
Gardaí clamp down on speeding ahead of bank holiday weekend with 24-hour enforcement campaign
Gardai revealed that on their weekend observations, 93% of cars broke the speed limit.
# Road Safety
Road safety chief warns 'concerning trend' in road deaths could lead to higher fines
At an RSA event today, Waide said that an increase in fines and penalty points this year isn’t “ruled out”.
# Road Safety Authority
Over half of child car seats found to be incorrectly fitted, Road Safety Authority says
The RSA has launched a new voluntary code of practice to assist child car seat retailers and consumers in response to its findings.
# Road Safety
2021 saw lowest number of road fatalities since recording began in 1959
There was an 11% drop in road deaths in 2021 compared to 2020.
All time
# 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.
# Penalty Points
Over 540,000 people had points on their licences this year - a county-by-county breakdown
A total of 540,174 people had points on their licences on 30 September 2021.
# Road Safety
New road safety strategy that seeks to halve deaths on Irish roads by 2030 launched
A working group will be established to examine speed limits, particularly a 30km/h speed limit in urban areas.
# Gardaí
Number of people killed on Irish roads dropped by 12% in first half of 2021
Garda figures showed 82% of deaths occurred on rural roads with a speed limit of 80kmh or higher.
# treacherous roads
RSA warns of hazardous driving conditions and 'greasy' roads in coming days
The warning comes ahead of an end to the recent dry spell.
# Driving tests
Unite criticises "unsafe practice" of RSA conducting live driving test training during Covid-19
The trade union says the RSA are failing to comply with social distancing guidelines.
# live and learn
Learner permit expiry dates extended by another 10 months
Depending on their expiry date, some permits had already been extended by four or eight months.
# Road Safety
1-in-4 drivers may have been over limit the morning after a night out
A quarter of people surveyed by the Road Safety Authority said that they may have been over the legal drink-driving limit while driving the morning after a night out.
# the road back
More drug-driving than drink-driving incidents over lockdown, say gardaí
Focus has turned to road safety as drivers get back on the road post-lockdown and the new ‘The Road Back’ campaign is launched.
# Road Safety Authority
Drug-driving incidents jump 11% this year despite Covid-19 lockdown
Authorities warn motorists of the dangers of drug driving ahead of the Easter bank holiday weekend.
# Driving It Home
Essential workers should be allowed to finish driving lessons, Oireachtas committee tells minister
The committee says that stopping essential workers from continuing driving lessons is a “significant oversight”.
# reputational risk
Learners could face higher insurance costs over growing waiting lists for driving tests, RSA report says
The Road Safety Authority also warned of “reputational risk” for themselves and the Department of Transport over the long waiting lists.
# snow storm
RSA 'categorically rejects' criticism after driving tests cancelled due to cold weather
484 tests were cancelled for weather-related reasons last week.
# warning
RSA warns motorists to be vigilant on the roads this February to avoid a repeat of last year's fatalities
Nineteen people died on the roads in February 2020.
RSA confirms plans to allow you sit your car theory test online within a 'number of months'
A minister has said that the pandemic has had a “profound effect” on theory testing services leading to a large backlog.
# Driving Test
RSA 'experiencing delays' with online customer portal and call centre
The RSA launched a new online portal in December.
# Road Safety
Road Safety Authority reports 149 deaths on Irish roads in 2020
There was a 25% reduction in the number of serious or minor injuries in 2020.
# Road Safety
90% of Irish motorists disqualified by a court in 2020 have not surrendered their licences
The figure was revealed in response to a Parliamentary Question last month.
# On The Road
Did you sit your driving test this year? Here are the pass rates for each RSA test centre for 2020
Here’s how drivers fared at each centre across the country this year.
# Penalty Points
More than 500,000 people had points on their licences this year - here's a county-by-county breakdown
A total of 510,269 people had points on their licences on 30 September 2020.