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How to appeal
Jan24

How to appeal

Outraged by a parking ticket or a clamping decision, or simply dismayed at failing your driving test? Here’s how you can appeal and what you need to do, writes Geraldine Herbert The Driving Test On average, 46% of those sitting their driving test fail it. If you are one of the unlucky ones it is possible to appeal but there are a number of steps you need to follow. As appeals against driving test results are heard by a judge in...

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The Care Trust get on the Road with the All-New Renault Clio
Jan23

The Care Trust get on the Road with the All-New Renault Clio

Renault Ireland will partner with Irish charity The Care Trust (TCT) to supply 36 All-New Renault Clios for its series of fundraising lottery draws in 2020. Renault Ireland Brand Ambassador and Today FM Breakfast Show presenter Ian Dempsey was on hand today (23/01/20) to launch the new partnership. The Care Trust is a non-profit organisation and a registered charity, raising much-needed funds for the CRC, Rehab, and the Mater...

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Why the plan for one million evs by 2030 is more spin than substance
Jan22

Why the plan for one million evs by 2030 is more spin than substance

The Government’s ambition for one million evs might be more spin than substance, but the next decade will bring change, writes Geraldine Herbert The sale of new petrol and diesel cars is to be banned in 2030. This is just one of the measures included in the proposed Climate Action Bill that aims to drastically reduce emissions. The new legislation will not only enshrine the end date for the sale of new petrol and diesel cars,...

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Charging to charge
Jan13

Charging to charge

Since November the use of EV Fast chargers around the country is no longer free. Is this a welcome move or simply another disincentive to increased uptake of electric cars, asks Geraldine Herbert Despite wildly ambitious targets for a million EVs on our roads by 2030, it seems the Government’s grand plan may flounder on something as simple as refuelling. There are currently almost 1,100 ESB-maintained public charging points...

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What is the new NOx Charge?
Jan02

What is the new NOx Charge?

What will the new NOx charge mean for car buyers asks Geraldine Herbert A new tax based on Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions was introduced on 1 January 2020. The charge is applicable to all vehicles excluding electrics but including hybrids and will be applied to new car purchases and used imports. It will replace the current 1 per cent diesel surcharge. The charges will be applied on a per-milligramme basis on a car’s officially...

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How realistic is one million electric cars by 2030?
Dec31

How realistic is one million electric cars by 2030?

  No-one would disagree that the target of 1 million evs on our roads by 2030 is wildly ambitious but there are factors to consider writes Geraldine Herbert 1 As a government target it will shape government policy and that will significantly impact on what people will buy. 2. The next 12 to 24 months we will see a doubling and tripling of new electric cars leading to more choice for new buyers, more used cars will come on-stream...

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