End-of-August car-traffic volumes in Dublin were just fractionally lower than the same week in 2019, the latest CSO transport bulletin shows.
Public-transport journeys remained below pre-COVID-19 levels. There were 13 fatalities on Irish roads in August 2022 compared with 22 in the same month in 2021.
The number of new cars licensed in August 2022 increased by 379 (4%) vehicles, compared with August 2021.
Statistician Dr Nele van der Wielen said: “In August 2022, car-traffic volumes in Dublin nearly returned to pre-COVID-19 pandemic counts. For the week beginning 22 August, car-traffic volumes were only 3% lower than in the same week in 2019.
“There were 8,942 new private cars and 4,390 used (imported) private cars licensed in August 2022. Compared with August 2021, this was an increase of 4% for new private cars, and a fall of 16% for used private cars,” he said.
HGV traffic-count data was up on 2019 and 2021 values, with Dublin showing a 6% increase for week 34, versus the same week in 2019.
The regional HGV data showed a 7% increase for the same period.