Sharp rise in penalty points for drivers of vehicles without valid NCT cert
The number of penalty points issued to motorists rose by 7pc in 2015, with a 150pc spike in points issued for using a vehicle without an NCT cert.
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) said that last year some 249,599 penalty point notices were issued, with the vast bulk (75pc) being imposed for speeding. But it also said that the number of endorsement notices for using a vehicle without a valid NCT rose by more than 150pc to 7,408.
The data is contained in the 2015 'Transport Omnibus', which also finds that men receive most penalty points, at 62pc of the total.
The sharpest rise in number of points issued was in Kilkenny, up 13.3pc, but increases of 10pc were recorded in Galway, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.
The sharpest drop was in Leitrim, down 12pc.
The Omnibus also reveals the number of cars licensed increased by more than 30pc to just over 121,000, and there was a drop in the number of taxis, which fell to 17,249, down 2pc.
Almost half of all taxis in the country are based in Dublin, and one in three is aged between seven and nine years old.
Other data includes:
A total of 29.8 million passengers passed through Irish airports in 2015, an increase of 12.5pc on 2014. Dublin Airport accounted for five out of every six air passengers, or 24.9 million.
The Dublin-Heathrow route carried the most air passengers at almost 1.7 million.
Some 201 million passengers were carried on scheduled bus services; 34.6 million passengers travelled on the Luas and 39.7 million travelled by rail in 2015.
The number of journeys by users of the Dublin Bikes scheme increased to just over four million, a rise of 35pc compared with 2014.
Almost 51 million tonnes of goods were processed in Irish ports. Dublin Port was the busiest, handling 43pc.