Launch of Safety Camera In Ireland

Garda mobile safety cameras

Safety cameras save lives.

From midnight on Monday 15th November 2010, new Garda mobile safety cameras will be in use across Irish roads.

Slow down. Save a life. It could be yours.

It could be someone in your family, your next-door neighbour, a work colleague or someone you’ve never met. Let’s all work together and reduce the number of deaths on our roads.

Excessive or inappropriate speeding is a major factor in road traffic collisions. Safety cameras will be on the roads all across Ireland where fatal collisions are happening as a result of inappropriate speed.

The locations of these roads are available by clicking on the map.

Further information on the safety cameras and a list of frequently asked questions is available by clicking on the links to the right-hand side.

On a phased basis, GoSafe will provide 6,000 enforcement hours and 1,475 survey hours per month across the country. For the 6,000 enforcement hours, the cameras will operate from vans which will be marked with high visibility reflective material and will display a safety camera symbol. Images of the vans are available on the right hand side of this page.

The survey hours will be conducted from unmarked vans, in order to accurately observe and record the speeds at which vehicles are currently travelling, for survey purposes only.

afety camera zones

Speed kills. Kill the speed.

Excessive or inappropriate speed is a significant contributory factor in road traffic collisions.

Gardaí use a range of speed detection technology to reduce speed across Irish roads. A reduction in speed will lead to a reduction in the incidence of fatal and serious injuries and will improve road safety for all road-users.

We are working closely with a range of partner agencies, including Government Departments, the Road Safety Authority, the National Roads Authority, and the community, in order to develop a national culture of safe road use.

An extensive analysis of collisions on the road network where speed was a contributory factor has been completed.

The following sections of road, as set out on the map, were identified as having a significant proportion of collisions whereby, in the opinion of the investigating Garda, a safe speed was exceeded.

Ongoing surveys will be conducted to ensure that these sections of roads continue to represent locations where speeding is happening. The map will be updated accordingly.

These sections of the road network will be where An Garda Síochána will be primarily focussing our enforcement. We will use a range of equipment such as:

•    Handheld and tripod mounted laser guns;
•    Vehicle mounted Puma speed detection equipment, (both marked and unmarked vehicles);
•    Van mounted automatic speed detection radars (Garda operated);
•    Van mounted Go-Safe vans (civilian operated).

An Garda Síochána appeals to all road users, in particular motorists, to familiarise themselves with these sections of the road network.

We also appeal to motorists to always drive at an appropriate speed, to reduce the likelihood of being involved in a fatal or serious collision.

Link to Speed Collision Zones Map

Truck driven at Leinster House gates

A 41-year-man was arrested after a concrete truck was driven into the gates of Leinster House early this morning.

The slogans ‘Toxic Bank Anglo’, “€1,000,000 on golf balls” and “€500K for golf” were displayed on the side of the truck and the vehicle registration number changed to “bankrupt”.

The man, who is from Co Mayo and has been involved in similar protests in recent months, parked at the entrance to the Dáil, locked his cabin before climbing onto the roof of the truck.

He then attempted to open makeshift doors on the back of the truck to reveal a protest banner but gardaí arrested him at about 7.15am.

No one was injured in the incident and only minor damage caused to the paintwork of Leinster House’s gates. The side windows in the cab of the truck were smashed as gardaí tried to detain him.

The man was taken to Pearse Street Garda station under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 where he is still being held. A garda spokesman said the station had received numerous calls from members of the public with the vast majority offering congratulations and support for the man.

A number of protestors gathered out side the station calling for the man to be released. Brendan Meehan from Artane carried a banner stating: “Release Joe the truck driver.”

Mr Meehan said: “I felt this is where I should be. We need a leader and the person I’d be glad to follow is in that jail. I just want that man to know I’m here to support him.”

By 5pm, Mr Meehan had been joined by about seven others, including Sarah Maguire from Wicklow, a mother of one set up her own architecture practice in 2006.

“My business hasn’t traded in a year,” she said. “I’m living with my parents and surviving on children’s allowence. I can’t afford to tax my car. You’re always looking for hope, but I can’t see any.”

Phil Derwin from Artane and his wife Sandra also joined the group of supporters. Mr Derwin who lost his job at SR Technics 18 months ago said of Mr McNamara: “He was great to do what he did. More people need to stand up and protest.”

The truck remained outside the Dáil for over two hours as gardaí and recovery crews struggled to move it. It is understood the brake lines and electric cables had been tampered with to immobilise the vehicle.

At 9.35am recovery crews managed to remove the vehicle by using a large recovery tow truck.

Kildare Street and Molesworth Street were both closed to traffic during the operation.

Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd said that at least one garda on duty had to jump out of the way of the truck.

“If it had been later in the morning, staff could have been killed, public could have been killed,” said Mr O’Dowd, who was on the scene this morning. “I think it’s a very serious incident and I think it’s an appalling vista to be doing your job as a garda or usher in Dáil Éireann and to be seriously injured.”

An Oireachtas spokesman said the incident did not affect proceedings as the Dáil resumed sitting after the summer recess. He said the pedestrian access at the front gates was not damaged and alternative vehicle access was provided at the rear of the building on Merrion Street.

The incident was quickly dubbed ‘Cementgate’ on the social networking site Twitter. Contributors unleashed a rapid-fire barrage of ‘cementgate’ jokes and posted pictures from the scene.

In April, a cement mixer truck, with similar wording on it, was abandoned outside a branch of the bank on Forster Street, Galway. The cabin was locked and the engine left running.

Survey Reveals 1 in 7 Cars Have Outstanding Finance

In a recent survey compiled by the car history check website Motorcheck.ie, one in seven cars of the one hundred surveyed were confirmed to have finance outstanding. 
The survey focussed on vehicles that were advertised for sale by private sellers, non-franchise dealers and main dealers. 
It found that of the 100 examined:
– 30% of the sample turned up positive for finance on the official records of the Irish Credit Bureau
– 21% of the sample were confirmed to have been on finance on the day they were advertised (verified by bank named on the record)
– 14% of the sample still have finance outstanding today (verified by the bank named on the record) 

Of the 14% that were confirmed to be on finance:
– 2 were advertised by private sellers
– 5 were advertised by a member of the SIMI
– 7 were advertised by independent dealers and not affiliated with the SIMI 

Commenting on the results Shane Teskey, MD at Motorcheck.ie said “It’s clear that outstanding finance could be a major problem for anyone buying a used car. Whilst a red flag for finance on a Motorcheck report is not necessarily a deal breaker it is very important that the buyer finds out what the nature of the finance agreement is before concluding a purchase. It could be finance provided by a bank for stocking purposes which is a relatively common arrangement these days or it may be a finance agreement that is still active in the name of a previous owner. The latter is a very serious problem and could lead to a car being repossessed by a bank at any time. 

The terms under which ‘stocking finance’ is supplied to a dealer have recently been changed. A new practice in use by some banks means that new and used vehicles are automatically flagged as being on finance when covered by a stocking loan. In the vast majority of cases the banks interest in the vehicle will be terminated by the dealer at the point of sale but independent confirmation is still advisable. 

“If the dealer responsible for clearing the finance goes into liquidation there is a very real chance that the bank will follow the new owner and repossess the car” said Teskey.

He recommends that a buyer always seeks proof that finance has been cleared before taking ownership of a vehicle. Motorcheck.ie will independently verify the removal of any existing agreement with the bank in question free of charge for its customers. 

Note: Finance checks can be performed on the Motorcheck.ie website at a cost of €12 per check.

The above survey was used on RTE’s The Consumer Show last night on RTE1. To view the segment click here http://www.motorcheck.ie/blog/outstanding-finance-still-a-serious-concern/

Buying a Car in Ireland

Buying a Car in Ireland

Buying a car in Ireland is in many ways similar to any other western country.

New cars must have Vehicle Registration Tax, motor insurance and motor tax before you can drive them away. It is the showroom`s duty to arrange the Registration and tax, while naturally the buyer must sort out the insurance. Ireland`s cars also have a label with information about the engine`s carbon emissions, allowing the buyer to make an environmentally friendly purchase.

When it comes to second-hand vehicles, many customers buy from a brand dealership or a garage. Customers buying for personal use have the same consumer protection under Irish law as when buying new. If you find there`s a fault with the car the seller has the responsibility to get it fixed. Ireland has the National Consumer Agency who monitor consumer rights and a visit to their website might answer any potential buying concerns.
However buying from a private individual, as opposed to a garage, is more inherently risky. The price may be lower but the seller is a private individual and not a business. Therefore he is not subject to the same legalities as a commercial venture. Make sure you are happy with the vehicle before committing. If you are not lucky enough to have car mechanic as a friend, it might be worthwhile calling in the AA or a similar motoring organisation for a vehicle check. In Ireland this can be done easily over the Internet with a quote for the inspection fee.
The situation is also different if buying at an auction. Remember the auction house staff are usually not mechanics. If the buyer discovers any problems after the gavel has banged on the table that will be his problem and not the auctioneer. It seems common sense then that bidders make sure they have perused the terms and conditions and had a good poke under the bonnet. There again take a friendly mechanic or speak with your motoring organisation.

Thankfully we are now living in the information age and web sites like Funky Motors offer free vehicle history reports. Simply key in the registration number into the computerised search engine and the car`s history will be with you in moments. A huge database of cars currently on the market, both from commercial and private sellers, is also online, complete with photographs. There is even a price comparison site to help the buyer calculate a fair price.
In Ireland, once a car has passed its fourth birthday it must have a certificate or roadworthiness every two years. Remember the owner must book the test, so don`t forget!

In conclusion when searching for used cars for sale in Ireland, know your consumer rights, consider expert advice and take advantage of the Internet.

Thousands of Ex-Taxis to Flood Used Car Market

Car History Check website Motorcheck.ie today warned potential car buyers that new rules from the Taxi Regulator could mean a surge of ex-taxis entering the used car market. 

New rules introduced by the Taxi Regulator mean that from January 2011 all taxi and hackney licenses falling due for renewal (irrespective of when they were first issued) may be granted only to vehicles that are less than nine years old.
Motorcheck.ie estimates that up to 10,000 vehicles could be affected when the new regulations come into force and expects that many of these cars will be disposed of in the private market.
Commenting on the development, Shane Teskey – Managing Director at Motorcheck.ie advised buyers to be extra vigilant when appraising cars with a 2001 registration or older. “Buying an ex-taxi is not necessarily a bad thing. Many of the vehicles being forced out of public service by these new rules will have been very well maintained and are capable of serving in a private capacity perfectly well.” 
However he cautioned that buying an ex-taxi does have its risks and he advises that anyone purchasing one ensures that it is thoroughly checked by a qualified mechanic before committing to a purchase.
“It’s very important is that potential buyers are made aware that the vehicle was previously used as a taxi so that they can take the time to check that it’s mechanically sound before committing to a  purchase. Whilst we would hope that all sellers inform potential buyers about a cars past history as a taxi, we’re only too aware that some unscrupulous sellers may try to take advantage by changing the cars tax status to a private vehicle before offering it for sale.”

Buyers can avoid being duped by checking a cars registration number on line at MotorCheck.ie.
For €20 the Motorcheck.ie History Report will tell you if the car has ever been used as a Taxi, Hackney or Limousine as well as various other checks useful for anyone buying a used car.

Ireland to reduce drink-drive limit

The new lower drink-driving limit was passed in the Dáil last night.

Provision for a new acceptable blood alcohol limit of 50mg, replacing the current 80mg, is contained in the Road Traffic Bill.

The Bill passed through the Dáil last night but was not actually voted on as agreement on its contents was reached on all sides.

The Bill now moves to the Seanad where it is due to be dealt with next week.

The limit for learner and professional drivers has been cut from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 20mg and from 80mg to 50mg for other drivers.

Drivers caught over the limit would receive three penalty points and a €200 fine, if they do not challenge the conviction in court, but they would not receive a driving ban.

40,00 walk through Limerick Tunnel

An estimated 40,000 people walked under the River Shannon through the new Limerick Tunnel which opened to the public for an open day today.

It was the last chance for the public to walk the tunnel before it officially opens at the end of July.

The Limerick Tunnel took four years to construct at a capital cost of €660m, and is one of the biggest infrastructural projects ever in the Mid-West region – rivalled only by the construction of the hydroelectric power station at Ardnacrusha during the early 1930s.

It is due to open at the end of July, well ahead of its scheduled opening date of 17 September.

The tunnel will provide a fourth crossing of the river Shannon in Limerick, and will take an estimated 27,000 cars out of the city centre.

The tunnel will improve access times for commuters to the city, as well as access to Shannon Airport, Galway, Cork, Kerry and Dublin.

The open day was from 10am to 7pm, but thousands of people had already gathered from 9am to be among the first group through the tunnel.

Direct Route, the company which built the tunnel, also provided food and canteen facilities at the end of the tunnel, and park and ride facilities to help in traffic management.

They were hoping to raise over €100,000 for charities through the sale of a special commemorative brochure.

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