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3,200 Galway drivers aged over 80 – nine of them learners!

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There were more than 3,200 licenced drivers over the age of 80 on Galway’s roads last year, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show – including nine on learner permits.

The CSO’s ‘Transport Omnibus 2016’ shows that for drivers with full licences in Galway, there were 1,978 drivers aged 17-20; 5,915 aged 21-24; 11,653 aged 25-29; 33,987 aged 30-39; 32,839 aged 40-49’ 25,818 aged 50-59; 19,873 aged 60-69; 10,961 aged 70-79 and 3,253 were over 80.

For those on learner permits, 99 were under 17; 3,048 aged 17-20; 2,430 aged 21-24; 1,896 aged 25-29; 2,784 aged 30-39; 1,196 aged 40-49; 471 aged 50-59; 209 aged 60-69; 62 aged 70-79 and nine aged over 80.

The average waiting time for a driving test in 2016 was 16 weeks in Loughrea, 15 weeks in Galway and twelve weeks in both Tuam and Clifden.

There were a total of 158,471 driving licences in Galway last year – 131,223 were ten-year licenses; 10,220 triennial licenses; 525 annual licences and 12,205 learner permits.

A breakdown of the figures shows that there were 76,658 male full licence holders and 69,609 female, while there were 6,201 male learners and 6,003 female.

The Transport Omnibus also shows there were a total of 145,837 vehicles on the road in Galway last year, based on licensing authority figures.

This included 109,271 private cars, 1,385 motorbikes, 20,756 goods vehicles, 5,669 tractors, 1,478 PSV vehicles (taxis, hackneys etc); 2,008 vehicles are classed as ‘exempt’ and another 5,270 classed as ‘others’.

In 2016, there were a total of 7,298 new vehicles licensed in Galway, up from 6,481 the previous year.

Figures for the National Car Test (NCT) shows that in Ballinasloe, 8,100 vehicles passed first time; 7,229 failed the initial test; 6,630 passed on a re-test and 558 failed on the retest.

In the Clifden test centre, 1,709 passed first time and 2,808 failed; 2,487 passed on a re-test and 273 failed the re-test.

In Galway City, 27,343 passed first time; 32,539 failed the first time; 29,277 passed the re-test and 3,021 failed the re-test.

Meanwhile, more than 43,000 motorists in Galway had penalty points on their driving licences at the end of last year.

Speeding and mobile phone usage continue to be the biggest offences on Galway’s roads.

The ‘Transport Omnibus 2016’ report shows that in Galway, there were 43,055 drivers with points (points remain on the licence for a period of three years), which was up 1.2% from 42,462 at the end of 2015.

Meanwhile, in 2016, a total of 10,436 penalty point notices were issued in Galway – 5,975 to males and 3,836 to females, while no gender was recorded in 625 cases.

A breakdown of the Top 10 offences for men in Galway shows 3,699 for speeding; 1,044 for driving while holding a phone; 260 adults for failing to wear a seat belt in a car; 179 for driving without reasonable consideration; 136 for driving without an NCT; 90 for failing to obey traffic lights; 69 for crossing a continuous white line; 54 unaccompanied learners; 52 for no insurance and 25 for not displaying an L-plate.

Speeding was also the main offence for female drivers in Galway in 2016 (2,733), followed by mobile phones (577); driving without reasonable consideration (78); no seat belt (75); no NCT (56); failure to obey traffic lights (44); unaccompanied learner driver (44); failure to display L-plate (19); no insurance (15) and failure to comply with prohibitory traffic signs (6).

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Fuel for thought as we try and energise our wheels

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Country Living with Francis Farragher

A good few years back . . . well probably even decades . . . I remember asking quite a knowledgeable motoring correspondent, long gone to his eternal reward, about the pros and cons of staying with petrol or switching to diesel. By the time his reply had finished, nearly 20 minutes had elapsed, and I was avalanched with so much data that I was no wiser at the end of the conversation than I was at the start.

I thought of that a few weeks before Christmas when I happened to tune in to a programme on Channel 4 – Dispatches – which examined the practicalities of owning and driving an electric car across the roads of the United Kingdom.

There is a wish amongst all of us to pursue a more environmentally friendly way of life. At this stage, we all probably know someone who has purchased a fully electric car and certainly many more who have dipped their toes into the waters of the hybrid models.

Anyway, the main theme of the Dispatches programme was that after 10-years of investment by the UK authorities in the infrastructure needed to support electric cars, quite a shocking number of charging points were either out of action or were not working to their full efficiency.

Nearly 10% of the ‘rapid chargers’ sampled across the UK were found not to be working properly, while 30 new ultra-rapid charges were also found to be dysfunctional to varying degrees. Some of the charging points had been out of action for six years and a percentage of those were unrepairable as their technology base was now obsolete.

Apart from their significant extra cost – even if one qualifies for the maximum €5,000 Government grant – the great fear I would have with the electric cars is that I’d find myself marooned in a corner of Kerry or Antrim, out of ‘juice’, and unable to access a charging point.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Covid boosts college coffers

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NUI Galway

NUI Galway reported an operating surplus of almost €19 million during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic when its campus was closed for months.

The healthy finances reported by NUIG has prompted its student body to call for it to waive repeat exams’ fees and student levies, and to invest in mental health services.

Consolidated financial statements for NUIG for the year ended September 30 2020 show the university reported an operating surplus of €18.9 million. This was up by €16 million on the surplus generated in 2019.

The financial statement said that while Covid-19 was ‘extremely challenging’, the ‘extraordinary dedication and work ethic of its staff have mitigated against the financial impact’ of the year.

The report said a surplus of €18.9 million was a ‘commendable performance’ given that 95%  of staff and students withdrew from campus in March 2020 to study and work remotely in line with Government regulations.

It noted that core income fell by a net €4 million compared with the previous year.

“Drops in research income of €9m and a Covid-related decline in commercial and student accommodation income of some €5m were offset by increased fee income of €4m, a €3m increase in the fair value of investments, and other increases of €3m relating to Government grants and other income,” the report said.

It said that the increase in Government grants includes Covid Support grant funding from the Higher Education Authority to cover additional specific Covid-19 related costs of €2.2m.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Farm buildings can be used as business hubs in rural areas

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Cllr. Declan Geraghty (Ind)

RURAL farm buildings should be utilised for small business enterprises which would supplement the income of landowners as well as creating some local employment in the process.

This was the view of the vast majority of Galway councillors who passed a motion that buildings directly relating to farming be considered for other purposes that would be financially advantageous to the owners.

The matter came up for discussion at a meeting of the Galway County Development Plan when it was suggested that the farming community needed to be allowed develop small business opportunities.

A motion from Cllr. Declan Geraghty (Ind) – deviating slightly from Galway County Council policy – proposed that they be allowed carry out businesses such as the servicing and repair of machinery, land reclamation, drainage works, and agricultural contracting was carried.

The motion added that this be allowed where it is financially advantageous to locate in a given area and where it would not have an adverse impact on the environment.

The Williamstown councillor said that it could result in hundreds of small business enterprises being developed out of farm buildings.

“At the moment they cannot get planning permission for such enterprises given that they are located in a rural area,” he argued.

He was supported by Cllr. Pete Roche (FG) who went further by saying that even the establishment of pet farms or animal farms that could be opened up to the public were also options that could be considered.

“There are farm families at the moment who cannot earn a decent living out of agriculture alone and would relish the opportunity to diversify,” he added.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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