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Car travel up 18pc as 'people tire of lockdown restrictions'

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Controls: Leo Varadkar announced the lockdown measures on March 27. Picture: Steve Humphreys

Controls: Leo Varadkar announced the lockdown measures on March 27. Picture: Steve Humphreys

Controls: Leo Varadkar announced the lockdown measures on March 27. Picture: Steve Humphreys

Car journeys have increased by as much as 18pc on some roads during April, indicating that more people are resisting the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

An analysis of information from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) by the Irish Independent shows traffic census points all over the country have seen volumes of private car journeys creep up as April went on.

Data from TII, which monitors traffic volumes at 350 locations across the country, is recorded on a constant live basis and is broken down into vehicle type and direction of travel.