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# Driving

This month
November 2023
Varadkar not in favour of strict cut-off ages and restrictions for older drivers
The EU Commission proposes motorists over 70 may have to undergo regular medical tests and refresher courses.
TD criticises TII after it plans to reserve motorway lay-bys for lorries only
TD Seán Canney says the proposal “flies in the face” of the agency’s advice on driving while tired.
This year
No deadline in place for lowering of speed limits, says McEntee
Minister of State at the Department of Transport Jack Chambers, said that he will bring proposals to Government to lower some speed limits by 20km/h.
Driving instructor who said 'who's your daddy' 15 times to student among complaints to RSA
128 complaints were made by learner drivers about driving instructors last year, nearly seven times as many as the RSA received in 2021.
75 additional driver testers to be recruited to deal with backlog
This will bring the potential total number of testers to over 200.
745 people arrested for driving under the influence over the last month
4,829 road traffic collisions were reported to An Garda Síochána last month.
Last year
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.
Conor McGregor dangerous driving case expected to conclude in January
He has been charged with six driving offences relating to an incident on the N4/M50 interchange in west Dublin.
Motor insurance premiums fell by 17% between 2017 and 2021
That’s according to statistics contained in the Central Bank’s fourth annual Private Motor Insurance Report.
More than 1,000 drivers caught speeding on Irish roads over the weekend
Speeds of up to 170 km/h were detected in recent days.
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.
182 arrests over Bank Holiday weekend for driving under influence of drugs or alcohol
Eight people died in fatal road collisions, according to new figures from the gardaí.
FactFind: How can petrol and diesel be called 'carbon neutral'?
Applegreen sells a ‘carbon neutral’ driving option at pumps – how does that work?
All time
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.
Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka banned from driving
The right back was in a ‘state of complete ignorance’ of the Yorkshire driving matters, according to his lawyers.
Transport Minister launches speed limit appeals procedure and Shared Space signs
New ‘Shared Space’ road signs are also being rolled out soon.
New law and 'admin solutions' needed before asylum seekers can get driving licences, dept says
Some legal experts have said that new legislation is not required, rather a different interpretation of the current law.
Gardaí catch 316 motorists speeding during first eleven hours of National Slow Down Day
Gardaí will particularly be focusing on rural roads throughout the day.
'Get a grip': Motorists being urged to check tyres to ensure they are roadworthy
It’s Tyre Safety Day tomorrow.
Here's how the new M50 variable speed limits will work
The new system is expected to take full effect on the motorway by early 2023.
Ten months added to expiry date on driving licences
The extension will apply to driving licences expiring from 1 July to 31 October 2021.
Government confirms further extension to expiry dates of driving licences
A letter will be sent to every customer who is entitled to an extension.
Man charged after dangerous driving incident in Donegal
The man had fled from gardaí after they tried to pull him over.
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.
Agreement signed to allow continued exchange of UK driving licence for people living in Ireland
After 11pm, UK licences used by those living in Ireland will no longer be valid.
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.
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.
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.
Mother who drove on footpath after teenagers who attacked her daughter gets suspended sentence
A judge said the accused had taken “the law into her own hands” after being annoyed with the way Gardaí had handled the incident with her daughter.
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.
'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.
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.
Poll: Should private cars be banned from city centres?
Dublin City Council has proposed measures to allow the city to function as Covid-19 restrictions are eased.
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.
Avoiding flat batteries and flooded engines: Ways to keep cars in good condition while sitting idle
AA Ireland said a lot of breakdowns at the moment are from faults caused by lack of use.
NCT and other vehicle and licence services suspended until further notice
Shane Ross is looking at measures to extend the period of validity of licences and NCT certificates.
Over 900 new speed camera zones come into operation today
The new zones include areas where fatal and serious collisions have previously occurred.
Snow and ice warning remains in place nationwide following freezing night
Motorists are being warned to drive with caution.
117,000 new cars registered in Ireland in 2019 and just 3% were electric
The government is expected to soon publish draft legislation banning the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030.
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.