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New figures show a number of 20-year-old buses are still on the road

The National Transport Authority has released new statistics about bus usage.

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NEW FIGURES SHOW that the average age of buses in the ten oldest fleets in Ireland is 20 years.

These bus fleets make up 33 vehicles in total.

This is according to statistics on bus use by the National Transport Authority (NTA) for 2013.

The 10 bus fleets with the youngest bus fleets have an average age of 3.18 years. In total these bus fleets consist of 114 vehicles.

Overall the average age of buses in Ireland was 6.83 years. In total, there are 2,422 buses in public use. Out of these 1,062 were used by licenced bus services.

Last year the total number of licenced bus service miles done in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) stood at 60.13 million km. This was an increase of 2.94 million km from the previous year, when the figure stood at 57.19 million km in the GDA.

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In 2013 licenced buses did a total of 80.2 million km across the country.

There was a slight decrease in the number of passenger journeys last year compared with with 2012, from 12.91 million, down to 12.88 million.

It was also found that the majority of buses now have GPS on board. Around 60% of all buses now have the technology.

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