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New Mum, New Car
Jan20

New Mum, New Car

Over a third of all pregnant women change cars during pregnancy. We have some tips for choosing the right car writes Geraldine Herbert Nobody really prepares you for what lies ahead when you have your first baby.From the endless information and lists of “must-buys” some are necessary – such as a cot, car seat, pram, clothes, and nappies – while others simply offer convenience but a third of us will change our...

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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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Five standout Motoring Moments in the 2010s
Dec23

Five standout Motoring Moments in the 2010s

My memorable motoring moments of the decade writes Geraldine Herbert It has been a decade of disruption, dieselgate and unparalleled choice plus for me ten years of driving more than 1,000 cars. On reflection, many cars stand out for all sorts of reasons: some are not nearly as good as you had hoped, others are just disappointing, while many were forgettable. And some are remembered not as much for the car but for the location or a...

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Winter Solstice – The Longest Night of the Year
Dec21

Winter Solstice – The Longest Night of the Year

Sunday 22nd is Winter Solstice or the longest night of the year so we have some advice when driving in the dark writes Geraldine Herbert In Dublin, the sun will rise at 08:37 am on Sunday and set again at 16.07 pm so the chances are you will be driving to work or home in the dark. Driving in the dark can cause fatigue – plan your journey, scheduling at least one stop every two hours. Don’t ignore warning signs of fatigue....

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