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Tuesday 30 May 2023 Dublin: 11°C


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# 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.
# Brexit
Have a UK driving licence but live in Ireland? It won't be valid from 1 January
After the transition period ends on 31 December, UK driving licences will no longer be valid for residents here.
# Careful Now
Christmas road safety plan begins as Gardaí say 133% increase in drug-driving incidents this year
Gardaí said that despite a decrease in traffic this year, there has been a dramatic increase in drug driving incidents.
# scramblers
Gardaí warn parents not to gift children quad bikes and scramblers for Christmas
An Garda Síochána and the RSA have launched a new public awareness campaign.
# Driving
Here's how the RSA's driving services and NCT services are affected under Level 5
Driver theory tests are being suspended for a period of six weeks.
# insurance payout
Hotel operator sues over insurer's failure to pay out on business interruption claim
The hotel operator is seeking damages for breach of contract and negligence.
# Road Safety
'A changed landscape': Drivers warned to be cautious as more children cycling and walking to school
“We must all play our part in getting children back to school safely,” RSA chairperson Liz O’Donnell said.
# Driving Test
RSA warned of 'significant challenge' in making driving tests safe in light of Covid-19
That’s according to documents released under the Freedom of Information Act.
# DRiver's licences
Expired driving licences to be extended by seven months
The Department also confirmed that over 70s can continue to be without a current medical report to renew their license.
# New Job
Sam Waide confirmed as new CEO of Road Safety Authority
The appointment comes after Moyagh Murdock announced her resignation from the role in January.
# back at the wheel
From Monday, 15 NCT service centres, and 20 NDLS centres will reopen
Here’s the list of centres that are opening again, and the rules in place if you’re using them.
# Bank Holiday Weekend
Gardaí and RSA urge care ahead of Bank Holiday weekend after pedestrian deaths double
Provisional collision figures for 2020 show that there has been a 17% increase in fatal crashes compared to last year.
# Slow Down Day
Gardaí catch motorist travelling at 202km/h on Dublin's M50
‘National Slow Down Day’ is taking place from 7am today until 7am tomorrow.
# Road Safety
Concern over speeding drivers and pedestrian deaths during Covid-19 restrictions
Six pedestrians have been killed on Irish roads since the schools were closed in the middle of March.
# car insurance
Allianz, AXA, FBD, RSA and Zurich to give relief on car insurance premiums
What kind of relief customers will get will vary from insurer to insurer.
Relaxation of HGV driving and resting time rules to allow flow of essential goods during crisis
Drivers will now be entitled to drive a maximum 56 hours in each consecutive week until further notice.
# Road Safety Authority
Call for better cycling infrastructure after research shows 4 in 5 cyclist injuries happen in urban areas
The Road Safety Authority also wants a greater roll-out of 30km/h limits in urban areas.
# Road Safety
Motorists urged to reduce speed after seven people died on Irish roads last weekend
Garda superintendent Eddie Golden appealed for people to “have a positive contribution to road safety”.
# Insurance
Moyagh Murdock announces resignation as RSA chief to take up role with Insurance Ireland
Insurance Ireland is the representative body for the insurance industry.
# driver theory test
Motorist who got someone else to sit theory exam was caught after RSA staff recognised impersonator
The candidate was one of nine people who aroused suspicion during driver theory tests last year.
# Road Safety Authority
45% increase in number of driver deaths on Irish roads in 2019
A total of 148 people died on Irish roads last year, according to provisional figures.
# Penalty Points
Irish drivers had over 500,000 penalty points on their licences this year - here's a county-by-county breakdown
The highest number of points were in Dublin, with 106,545.
# verona murphy
'She's completely wrong': Transport minister blasts Fine Gael candidate over call to scrap RSA
Verona Murphy has clashed with the RSA in her role with the Irish Road Hauliers’ Association.
# Road Safety
Almost 90% of motorists disqualified this year have not surrendered their licences
The figure is the lowest rate in the past five years.
# Road Deaths
Road Safety Authority 'interested' in tough UK restrictions on young drivers
One of the measures being considered in the UK is a curfew for young drivers.
# learners
Unaccompanied learners: Over 1,600 cars impounded since December last year
The RSA and Gardaí are calling on long-term learner permit holders to take their driving test.
# Garda shake-up
RSA blasts Garda restructuring plan, accuses force of 'downgrading' road safety
The RSA is “very concerned” that Roads Policing was not among the four areas identified as ‘key focus areas’ for Gardaí.
# warning
Road deaths up 7% on last year as drivers told to slow down this bank holiday
January and February were the worst months for road fatalities with 16 deaths in each month.
# Penalty Points
Fianna Fáil TD criticises 'absurd' drop in penalty points issued in past 10 years
Marc Mac Sharry TD said the legacy of declining Garda numbers has had an impact on the drop in figures.
UK license holders living in Ireland urged to exchange driving licence before Brexit
Britain is due to leave the EU on 31 October.
# Welcome home
Returning expats in 'limbo' while waiting months for driver's licence exchange
Motorists fear they will be forced off the road completely if insurance companies cancel their policies.
# New Rules
Decision on E-scooter regulations due shortly, as minister says electric scooter users should have a driving licence
Shane Ross has asked the RSA to research scooter regulations in other countries.
# Long Weekend
'Staggering' 12% of motorcyclists have been involved in a collision in the past two years
More than half of motorcyclists have had a near miss in the same period.
# Driving Test
New online booking system for driving tests to be launched in the autumn
Currently the national average waiting time for a driving test is eight weeks.
# Driving Test
Driving testers accused of being 'rude', 'condescending' and 'inappropriate' in complaints to RSA
Complaints include drivers being told to disregard speed limits and testers getting into shouting matches.
# Jim Daly
'I was alarmed': Mental health Minister raised concerns about content of Noel Clancy ad with RSA
Jim Daly contacted the authority after his constituents raised concerns about the ad.
# invalid
RSA tells those living in Ireland with a UK drivers licence: 'Better to be safe than sorry, swap your licence now'
In the event of a no-deal Brexit the driving licence of a UK licence holder living in Ireland will no longer be recognised.
# drink driving
'A non-runner': Ross dismisses idea of giving banned drink drivers exemptions to drive to work
The Sunday Business Post reported that the government is set to examine such proposal.