The causes and cures for car sickness
Jul01

The causes and cures for car sickness

  Car sickness can turn an eagerly awaited family trip into a nightmare and occurs when the brain receives conflicting information from the inner ears, eyes and nerves writes Geraldine Herbert   While it is a fairly common experience for children ages 2 to 12 there are some ways that it can be eased or even prevented Distraction is often the best cure so encourage children to focus on things outside the car avoiding...

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Ten ways Lisbon cut emissions
Jun30

Ten ways Lisbon cut emissions

Lisbon has cut CO2 emissions by 50% in the past few years, so how has such a dramatic reduction been achieved ask Geraldine Herbert Lisbon is the European Green Capital 2020, an award that recognised the city’s commitment to achieving a better urban environment and the transformation that has taken place in the past decade. The city illustrates how green initiatives can support economic recovery and enrich the lives of citizens....

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Lives could be saved if there was greater enforcement of road safety laws
Jun13

Lives could be saved if there was greater enforcement of road safety laws

We have an abundance of road safety laws, so why are we not enforcing them asks Geraldine Herbert Road deaths are on the rise again. So far this year, despite a reduction in traffic volumes during the lockdown of up to 70% there have been 64 fatalities as a result of 60 fatal crashes on Irish roads, compared to 64 fatalities following 55 fatal crashes up to the same period in 2019. In response, The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An...

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Ten things to know about Electric Mopeds
Jun10

Ten things to know about Electric Mopeds

Electric mopeds are cheap, fun and an emission-free way to get around writes Geraldine Herbert Electric mopeds are 100% zero-emission and are powered by an electric battery. They can achieve a top speed of up to 45km. Charging is simple and can be done using a standard three-pin socket. No driveway? no problem as the battery can be easily removed and charged indoors overnight, just like a mobile phone. With ranges varying from 30km up...

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Is it time to get taxis out of bus lanes?
Jun09

Is it time to get taxis out of bus lanes?

Taxis are no more efficient than other cars, so why should they use bus lanes in our cities, asks Geraldine Herbert The recently revised Bus Connects plan further prioritises buses over cars, proposing more restrictions and limited road space to reduce reliance on private cars as a commuting option. The National Transport Authority (NTA) maintains that this will deliver improved journey times and so will move more people from their...

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Ten things to know about Car Sales this year
Jun08

Ten things to know about Car Sales this year

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today published Vehicle Licensing figures for May 2020. The number of new cars licensed for the first time in May 2020 was 1,490 compared to 9,126 in May 2019, a drop of 83.7%.  In the first five months of 2020, almost 1 in 5 new cars licensed was a hybrid or electric. From January to May 2020 there was a drop of 34.6% in the number of cars registered to 51,904 compared with 79,350 for the same...

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