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Monday, December 10th 2012

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On today's Mooney,

It only does 50kph and is technically a quadricycle ... motoring correspondent Michael Sheridan tells Derek about the car especially designed for 16 year olds. Karl Broderick has advice on writing a good Christmas song. Plus, we are looking for three players in Mooney's Monday Quiz!

Motoring Stories

The good news for the motorist in last week’s Budget was that there was no tax increases in petrol and diesel. But Road Tax and VRT will cost motorists more in 2013. We’ll also see new registration plates next year. Michael Sheridan, Motoring Correspondent with www.rte.ie, is in studio to chat about all of these stories, plus the Pope's new popemobile, and Derek finds out about a car designed for 16-year-olds!

Department Of Finance On Motor Tax:

It was decided that an increase in motor tax rates was appropriate, mainly as a deficit-reduction measure.

• Increases are 7.5% for most categories of vehicle, with the exception of private vehicles in CO2 bands A to G where the following increases apply:

Proposed Band Emissions g CO2/km Current Rate Proposed Rate Actual % increase Difference
A0 0 €160 €120 -25.0% -€40
A1 1-80 €160 €170 6.3% €10
A2 81-100 €160 €180 12.5% €20
A3 101-110 €160 €190 18.8% €30
A4 111-120 €160 €200 25.0% €40
B1 121-130 €225 €270 20.0% €45
B2 131-140 €225 €280 24.4% €55
C 141-155 €330 €390 18.2% €60
D 156-170 €481 €570 18.5% €89
E 171-190 €677 €750 10.8% €73
F 191-225 €1,129 €1,200 6.3% €71
G > 225 €2,258 €2,350 4.1% €92

• The measures will take effect from midnight on 5 December 2012 in respect of vehicle licences commencing on or after 1 January 2013.

The measure is estimated to yield €86.5m in a full year. The increased revenue will be paid into the Exchequer rather than to the Local Government Fund.

Aixam Coupe S

This is already available in Spain, Portugal and France and it will launch in Britain early in the new year. The Aixam Coupe S looks like a small compact car but it’s marketed as a “light quadricycle”. It can be driven with a moped licence and it does no more than 28 mph. It was on show in Birmingham recently, and Derek spoke to Justin Bond, the UK Manager of Aixam Mega ltd, the French company who manufactures the vehicle...

What Makes The Perfect Christmas Song?

Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, Judy Garland, Mariah Carey, The Pogues and Kirsty McColl ...their songs resonant the airwaves at this time of year. We reckon that anybody who can come up with the magical formula that comes up with a hit Christmas song are made for life. So we have decided that we are going to write our own Christmas song, here on Mooney! But how - what does make the perfect Christmas song? Joining Derek in studio to explain is our producer Olan McGowan and song writer, script writer, and producer Karl Broderick.

'Fairytale Of New York' is frequently voted as the Best Christmas Song in annual polls

Mooney's Tuesday Quiz

Beat the Tuesday blues by playing along with Mooney's Tuesday Quiz! We have three listeners to take on a minute of general knowledge questions - and we have a fabulous prize for the winner!

IIt’s a two-night weekend break in the 4-star Brehon Hotel & Angsana Spa, adjacent to beautiful Killarney National Park in County Kerry. Your prize includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of your choice in the Hotel’s Danú restaurant.

You’re in a great spot for exploring The Ring of Kerry, The Gap of Dunloe and all that Kerry has to offer. Runners-up will get a copy of West Of Ireland Walks by Kevin Corcoran which outlines fourteen beautiful walks you can take in Counties Clare, Galway and Mayo.
And everyone who takes part in the quiz will get a special “PRIDE” Mooney watch and a CD Boxset of The Best That Is Irish featuring Sharon Shannon, Sinead O’Connor, The Dubliners, Luke Kelly and many more...

Runners-up will get a copy of a lovely new photographic hardback book Ireland’s Coast by Carsten Krieger. And everyone who takes part in the quiz will get a special “PRIDE” Mooney Watch and a CD Boxset of “The Dubliners: 50 Years”.

If you feel like taking a break, and if you want to take part in our quiz today, then e-mail mooney@rte.ie, telling us a bit about yourself! Or phone or text us from 3pm - 4pm today, on 1850 715 900 or text 51551.

The quiz will take place just after 4 o’clock and you need to be over 18 to claim the prize. Under 18s can play on your behalf.

The Island Landscape

RTÉ Television, in association with Mooney, is currently producing a major new documentary series on the history of the Irish landscape. The series will tell the story of how our landscape was created after the last major climatic event – the end of the last Ice Age, over ten thousand years ago.  And we want your help! Would you like to contribute video towards the TV series? Click here to find out what we're looking for!

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