Seven changes the government are considering for Budget 2021
Sep15

Seven changes the government are considering for Budget 2021

A number of changes to the Tax system are being considered as options for Budget 2021 writes Geraldine Herbert The Department of Finance has published the Budget 2021 Tax Strategy Group Papers offering some insights into possible changes to the Motor tax system in the next budget VRT Bands – It is suggested that a new 7% VRT tax band would be introduced for vehicles with emissions of 50g/km of below and a 9% rate for those that fall...

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Strong performance by Alyx Coby at IAME France Ladies Cup
Sep10

Strong performance by Alyx Coby at IAME France Ladies Cup

16-year-old Alyx Coby, from Newbridge, Co. Kildare travelled to Circuit Jean Brun in Varennes-sur-Allier, France last weekend to compete in the IAME France Ladies Cup. The event, organised as a one-off race during the second round of the French National Karting Championship, featured an all-female grid of twenty-one drivers between the ages of 14 and 18. Now in its second year, the event draws the top female drivers from across...

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0% finance offer aims to put more Electric Vehicle drivers onto Irish roads
Aug26

0% finance offer aims to put more Electric Vehicle drivers onto Irish roads

Nissan and AIB have come together with a new initiative to put more Electric Vehicle (EV) drivers onto Irish roads and help support the transition to a low-carbon economy. The ‘Power of Zero’ initiative offers consumers the opportunity to buy a new Nissan LEAF with 0% finance and to avail of one year’s free servicing. Customers who do so can save in excess of €13,000 in finance and running costs and 11 tonnes of C02 emissions over...

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Eight things we know about travel this year
Aug17

Eight things we know about travel this year

A transport bulletin from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) issued today reveals how transport has changed post COVID writes Geraldine Herbert 1. Traffic data shows that the volume of cars for the week commencing 02 August was just 12.6% lower in regional locations and 16.3% lower in Dublin than the same week in 2019 2. The volume of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) is now greater than it was for the same period in 2019 in Dublin. 3. The...

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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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