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This time of year marks the countdown to Christmas gift buying season with many planning the best day and time to take the car into town to complete their shopping list.
There has been an upsurge in the number of able bodied motorists parking in disabled parking bays in the city.
The number of Garda fines for motorists who park illegally in disabled parking spaces has doubled in Galway in the past five years, according to a local disability campaigner.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána are appealing to motorcycle riders to ‘Bike Safe’ in the lead in to the summer months.
During my 33 years, Galway has changed from a large town to a small city. But we haven’t done a good job of managing that change. Housing estate after housing estate has sprung up with little additional services in the form of public transport, cycle lanes, community centres or local businesses. Jobs were located in business and industrial parks far away from where people lived.
Drivers who park illegally in disabled parking spaces should face “substantially increased fixed charged fines”, according to Social Democrats Roscommon-Galway candidate Ken Campbell, who is calling for the current fine of €80 to be increased.
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport, Robert Troy says his party will continue its efforts to introduce new legislation aimed at improving road safety for cyclists.
Local independent councillor, AIlish McManus has called on the council to remove the now dangerous traffic control measures near the fire station on Coosan Point Road.
Alcohol is a contributory factor in 38 per cent of fatal crashes in the lead up to Christmas, a Road Safety Authority (RSA) analysis of Garda data for fatal crashes in the months of November and December has found.
A survey of 300 motorists in Ireland has revealed that almost seven out of 10 do not have their vehicle checked in between scheduled services or NCTs unless a fault has developed.