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The National Transport Authority has fined Dublin Bus more than €165,000 for failing to meet punctuality targets during the first half of the year.

A report released by the NTA revealed that just two in five of the company’s ‘Low Frequency’ services met the company’s punctuality targets between January and June of this year.

A punctuality target of 64% was in place between January and 19 May, before a 67% target was introduced on 20 May.

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Just 26 of the company’s 92 ‘Low Frequency’ services – those which operate less than four times per hour on a weekday outside peak periods – met the new 67% target over four weeks between May and June.

In contrast, 80% of the company’s ‘High Frequency’ routes, which operate every 15 minutes or more often on a weekday outside peak periods, met their target during the first six months of the year.

-Noah Harte