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Monday 27 March 2023 Dublin: -3°C

# Conor Faughnan

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# The AA
Almost half of drivers spend more time commuting than they did a year ago
35.26% of those surveyed strongly agreed that a lack of reliable public transport had left them reliant on a car to get to work.
# Courts
Motorist banned from driving for six months and fined €750 for parking in disabled bay
Judge Patrick Durcan said that the accused, who did not turn up in court, had “a boorish nature”.
# in shite
'You wouldn't get this in the Third World' - locals up in arms over state of roads in Munster town
Tipperary Town may share the name of its county, but the standard of its roads is “no advert for the place” says one local.
# roads to remember
My Favourite Drive: Conor Faughnan on the long road from Dublin to Sligo
Lough Key and a very special sculpture make this quite the trip.
# a fine idea
Those who earn more will pay higher speeding fines under proposed safety law changes
The Road Safety Authority said it will be watching the UK’s road laws with interest.
# fronting
Irish parents routinely lie about being a car's main driver to lower their children's premiums
Over 13% of parents have ‘fronted’ for their children’s insurance according to a new survey.
# Pricey
The cost of petrol and diesel is still marching ever upwards
The cost of a litre of petrol or diesel is now the highest its been in 18 months.
# Money Money Money
Filling your car is becoming very, very expensive - here's why
A combination of factors have seen the cost of running a vehicle jump by €18 a month in the last year.
# spiralling
"We're on our knees and begging" - motorists being driven off the road by insurance costs, committee hears
The Oireachtas Finance committee today heard from the AA together with groups representing both older and younger drivers.
# Beep beep
Expect (some) good news at the fuel pumps later this year
The price of diesel and petrol is expected to fall – a little, at least.
# Flooding
Homeowners opposed to flood levy to help others get insurance
The idea of a 1 per cent levy was mooted by Minister Phil Hogan last month – but a recent survey shows little desire among the public.
# bargain hunting
Shoppers still going to Northern Ireland for cheap food and alcohol
Unsurprisingly it’s people in counties closest to the border who are most likely to head north for bargains.
# Crime
Dublin and commuter counties worst for burglaries - survey
Over 28 per cent of people have fallen victim to a burglary, a new survey has found.
# Unlucky
Young men most likely to get injured, lose their passport or miss a flight on holiday
Meanwhile older people are more likely to lose stuff on holiday.
Women drivers see the biggest increase in motoring costs
General motor costs, car tax and driving licences all increased over the last 12 months while the price of petrol decreased.
# Sucking diesel
'Modest' fall means petrol prices are down 7 per cent in ten months
Data from AA Ireland says the average litre of petrol now costs 157.4 cent – down from a peak of €1.70 last year.
# Petrol Prices
The cost of filling your car fell last month
AA Ireland says that petrol prices fell by nearly four per cent with diesel falling by just under 5 per cent.
# Fuel Prices
Average driver to spend €243 on petrol this month, paying €138.50 in tax
The latest price survey by the AA Roadwatch has shown that petrol now costs an average of 162 cent per litre, while diesel costs an average of 153.8 cent.
# Petrol Prices
Fuel costs rise for first time in five months: AA survey
An average litre of petrol now costs 159.4 cent, and a litre of diesel 153.7 cent, according to AA Ireland research.
# Penalty Points
Room for improvement in penalty point system
No reason why we can’t save more lives, motorist and driving safety representatives tell Oireachtas committee on transport.
# Motor Tax
Motor tax reform will require drivers to prove cars are off the road in advance
A new system cleared by the cabinet yesterday mean drivers will need to provide documentary proof that their cars were not used.
# Uh-Oh
Bad news for drivers: petrol and diesel prices hit record highs
The average cost of one litre of petrol in Ireland is now 162.1c – and there’s no sign of the price coming down any time soon.
# Roads
Half of drivers with penalty points think they were caught unfairly
A survey of 4,000 motorists also found a small number of drivers have been ‘swapping’ penalty points.
# 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…
# Motor Tax
Motor tax will rise in Budget, minister confirms
Minister Phil Hogan said increasing indirect taxes rather than income tax would give consumers “some choices” in their spending.
# 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.
# Motor Tax
'Pay as you drive' system should replace motor tax, says TD
Eamonn Maloney said an extra fuel surcharge would allow the government to axe the current vehicle tax altogether.
# Red Light
Camera installed in Dublin to catch drivers running red lights
Ireland’s first red light camera enforcement project is to begin shortly in Dublin.
# Drink Driving
One in five have recently travelled with drunk driver
More men than women said they had knowingly taken a lift with someone who was over the limit.
# 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.