Reducing Your Use of Transport Fuel
We can all see how political conflict is affecting energy supply and prices across Europe. By reducing our use of transport fuel, we can save money, lessen the impact of the energy crisis and help deliver on our climate ambitions. Small changes can make a big difference.
What Government is Doing
Some recent supports to help those most affected by rising fuel costs in the transport sector are as follows:
- From 9 May, a 20% reduction on all PSO public transport fares as well as a 50% reduction in public transport fares for 19 to 23 year olds with new a Young Adult Travel Card.
- €18 million emergency support scheme for licensed hauliers.
- Continuation of temporary supports for certain commercial bus operators.
- €15 million in grants to enable owners of small public service vehicles, such as taxis, hackneys and limousines, to buy electric vehicles.
- Up to €10,000 in supports to purchase a private EV, along with benefits of lower motor tax rates, lower tolls and reduced fuel costs. EVs are more than 70% cheaper to run than diesel or petrol cars.
On top of the direct cost saving supports outlined above, in line with the Department of Transport’s new National Sustainable Mobility Policy , Government is making it easier for people to choose sustainable transport options – walking, cycling and public transport – through a number of initiatives including:
- €360 million in annual funding for walking and cycling infrastructure.
- Commencing the delivery of the BusConnects programmes in our five cities
- Expanded public transport services, including in regional and rural areas, under the Connecting Ireland programme.
- Bike to Work scheme
- Smarter Travel Workplaces
What You Can Do
If possible, reduce your use of the car:
- Make a small change. Switch one journey.
- If your trip is less than 2km, can you walk or cycle? Of all journeys under 2km, 57% are made by car.
- Consider public transport. Reduced fares are now in place.
- Could you reduce your weekly car journeys by 20%? Could you switch part of your journeys to public transport? What about park and ride?
If you have to drive, reduce your fuel costs by:
- Planning your weekly travel – can you do the same tasks over fewer journeys?
- Drive smoothly – avoid heavy braking and acceleration.
- Maintain your vehicle – pump your tyres, avoid carrying heavy items in the boot, remove roof boxes when not in use.
- Reduce your speed on long journeys.
If you are in the market for a new car, consider an electric vehicle. Government is investing €100 million in charging infrastructure over the next 3 years.