Ten things we learned about Transport in 2019

New figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) reveal some interesting insights about transport activity in 2019 writes Geraldine Herbert

1) During 2019, a total of 191,104 penalty point endorsement notices were issued, an increase of 7.9% on the previous year and almost two thirds (64.3%) of all penalty point endorsement notices issued in 2019 were for speeding.
2) There were 864 drivers with 12 penalty points on their licences at the end of 2019 of which 122 drivers received all 12 penalty points in 2019. The total number of drivers with penalty points on their licences was 511,084.
3) The top three offences committed were Speeding, Driving a vehicle while holding a mobile phone and using a vehicle without NCT certificate
4) The CSO data also shows that men incurred almost twice as many penalty point endorsement notices as women in 2019. Of the 163,118 endorsement notices where gender was recorded, men incurred 108,023 (66.2%) penalty point endorsement notices while women incurred 55,095 (33.8%) notices.
5) There was a total of 2,805,839 vehicles under current licence in 2019, of which 2,174,779 (77.5%) were private car
6) In 2019, 140 people were killed on Irish roads. This represents an increase of 1 fatality when compared with 2018.
7) Each vehicle travelled, on average, 16,867 kilometres in 2019.
8) The largest number of journeys by users of the bicycle sharing scheme in Dublin in 2019 was in the month of July when 376,758 journeys were made.
9) A total of 3,047,912 Irish driving licences were held at the end of 2019, of which less than ten per cent (7.6%) were learner permit licences
10) More than 186,000 driving tests were carried out in 2019 with an average pass rate of 53.9%.


Geraldine Herbert

2nd November 2020

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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