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SPEAK­ING at a lo­cal au­thor­ity con­fer­ence on cli­mate change, En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter John Gorm­ley ac­cused for­mer Re­nault Ire­land boss Bill Cullen of blam­ing him for the drop in car sales. ‘It is not the case, and it is wrong. Most peo­ple in the SIMI would say the re­duc­tion in car sales is due to the fact peo­ple have less money. It is as sim ple as that.’ THE SIMI has asked deal­er­ships to di­rect their staff to cap­ture the de­tails of UK-reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles driven by Ir­ish res­i­dents so they can be passed on to the Garda and Rev­enue of­fi­cials. The So­ci­ety be­lieves the Rev­enue is not en­forc­ing its reg­u­la­tions, and that this al­lows mo­torists driv­ing an im­ported ve­hi­cle to avoid pay­ing their VRT and road tax. TRANS­PORT Min­is­ter Noel Dempsey will shortly an­nounce de­tails of the new Elec­tric Trans­port Pro­gramme, to help Ire­land meet EU tar­gets on car­bon emis­sions. A ma­jor shift to elec­tric ve­hi­cles would re­quire changes to the elec­tric­ity grid sys­tem, with the in­stal­la­tion of charg­ing points across the coun­try, plus charg­ers at park­ing me­ters and in homes.

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