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  • New penalties for drivers to come into force from February 1, 2022

    Driving Penalties coming into force New driving penalties are coming into force today in Ireland. From now on, any drivers who park up on the footpath could be liable for a higher penalty. Drivers who park their vehicle on the footpath, bus lane or cycle track will see the fines double from February 1st. The new penalty increases were announced...

  • UK Highway Code changes you may need to know if driving in Britain

    UK Highway Code Many drivers may be unaware, but there has been a major overhaul of the UK’s Highway Code in which nine sections of the code have had 50 new rules added. The new Highway Code rules have been specifically brought into force in a bid to improve road safety for pedestrians and cyclists. The new rules include a...

  • Unpaid M50 toll charges lead to car seizures

    Unpaid M50 toll charges lead to car seizures It has been revealed by the Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) that 94 vehicles were seized by the sheriff in the first ten months of 2021 for non-payment of M50 toll fines. Among the vehicles seized were many luxury cars, such as a Lexus, a Land Rover Range Rover, a Mercedes Benz CLS...

  • Why is there a used car shortage in Ireland?

    Auto Parts Shortage According to the Director General of The Society of the Irish Motor Industry, Brian Cook supply chain issues are not the only reason for a drop in car sales here in Ireland. As we are all aware, the lockdowns and Covid-19 have had an unprecedented impact on the global economy and in particular the automotive industry. At...

  • Electric cars are outselling diesel cars for the first time in Europe

    Electric car sales on the rise Electric vehicles (EV) and especially plug-in hybrids are now outselling regular ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) cars throughout Europe. According to Jato Dynamics, Sales of Tesla, Renault Zoe and the Dacia Spring, for example, are eclipsing diesel cars proving how popular these EV’s are with motorists across the continent. Although, there has been a rapid...

  • Are you entitled to a Motor Tax refund?

    Motor tax exemptions and refunds As we are all so well aware, motor tax and the display of a motor tax disk is a legal requirement in Ireland if you drive your vehicle in a public place. This is a regular charge for car owners imposed by the government and collected by local authorities. The cost of the tax takes...

  • Oireachtas hears why cars should be parked away from residences to discourage driving

    Car parking spaces should be located away from homes to discourage usage There is no doubt that there is an ongoing campaign by governments and legislators to curtail the use of personal transport and the latest Transport-orientated development presented to the Oireachtas is calling for the active discouragement of car-usage and ownership. The proposal asserts that by reducing parking availability...

  • The illegal aftermarket car feature that motorists may not be aware of

    Could your car have this illegal modification? Gardaí have put out a warning to motorists that certain modifications to their cars could be, in fact, illegal. "There is a misguided perception that drivers with illegal modifications are entitled to a pass because there's more serious crimes being committed" They have revealed that a common feature which is believed by many...

  • Irish toll booths made €816,000 in leftover change

    Excess toll windfall for Irish motorways Irish motorists left behind almost a million euro last year at toll booths across the country. Mainly, drivers did not collect their change. The old adage certainly rings true, “Every Penny Counts” with €816,000 in overpayments. Transport Infrastructure Ireland revealed that “excess tolls” collected during 2020 came to a staggering €429,000, compared to the...

  • Second-hand car prices on the increase

    Why are the prices of second-hand cars skyrocketing? The price of used cars are going through the roof and while this is good for the seller, it is a much bigger expense for used-car buyers out there. Why the increase? Well, as most of us are aware by now, there are huge supply chain and production issues in the car...