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Hi All,

The UK is suggesting that post Brexit, they may diverge from EU standards for cars.

Given the low number of units sold by Alfa in Ireland during 2019, just 39 (there were more new Porsche’s sold during the year), and the generally low number of total new units sold per year by all manufactures at 117,000 (See Here: SIMI Motorstats - the complete online vehicle index for Ireland | Stats), compared to 2.3 million during the same period in the UK, if our near neighbours change the standards for vehicles, how likely is it that smaller market players such as Alfa drop the Irish market (will they really make 40 or so unique right hand drive units) and given that even a top performer in Ireland sells fewer than 14,000 units a year, will Brexit result in less choice and higher prices for new cars?

Is it time for us to switch to driving on the right hand side and buying left hand drive cars, like the rest of the EU?

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Even if they change standards I'm not sure car companies will go to the trouble of changing the cars ;)

I can't see Ireland ever changing to LHD, the increase in road deaths & accidents alone is enough of a reason not to !
 

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Might be a little bit of an issue as the border in Ireland if both sides don't change at the same time! Not all of Europe drives on the right anyway (United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus and Malta drive on theleft...ok it's it's not many but it's a start! Lol). Also left had drive is not that small a market. 50 counties in the World drive on the right...as of today there are about (depending on your political beliefs in a few cases) 196 counties on Earth....so that's over 25% or them driving on the "correct" side of the road!
 

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That's a very interesting question alright. Post-Brexit, Ireland will be the only EU country to drive on the left. It makes a lot of sense to switch to the right & drive LHD cars. It would certainly give us a lot more choice for importing LHD European cars (including Alfas).

Logistically though, it would be a nightmare. Even putting aside the potential for crashes / loss of life due to the road changeover, we have 100 years worth of RHD cars on the roads here. How could we possibly transition to LHD cars? It would be an almighty mess.
 

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....and Cyprus ....and Malta....
Fair enough... but in terms of car sales, they're insignificant given that they have a combined population less than half that of Rep Ireland.
 

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Lads I'm just back from Austria and driving on the right is a complete PITA
 
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