Car sales in Kerry are up 34% in the first quarter of this year. A report by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry shows there were 1,958 new car registrations in the county in the first three months of the year, a rise of 497 from the same time last year. A rise in the cost of insurance of over 30% is offset by an 11% and 17% decrease in the cost of petrol and diesel respectively. Nationally, car sales are up 28% with over €750 million being contributed to the Exchequer. Director General of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry, Alan Nolan, says new car registrations should increase by 25% for the year in full.