Wednesday, 3 May 2006
Department of Transport
Question 148: To ask the Minister for Transport the financial provisions he intends to put in place to introduce special reduced speed limits outside schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16159/06]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 115 and 148 together.
The decision to apply a special speed limit, including the application of a periodic speed limit, at any location is a matter for determination by each city council or county council. I have no function in relation to the timing of the imposition of special speed limits at any location.
The making of special speed limit bye-laws is subject to the timeframes provided in section 9 of the Road Traffic Act 2004. Statutory time periods are laid down in relation to the publication of public notices, in respect of consultation with specified bodies and, where the proposal to apply or revise a speed limit relates to a national road, consent in writing must be obtained from the National Roads Authority. The provision and funding of traffic signs, including speed limit signs, on non-national roads is a matter for each individual road authority and, in the case of national roads, is a matter for the National Roads Authority.
However, I am not satisfied that all local authorities have recently exercised or are in the course of exercising their functions in this area as I have outlined above. I have written to that effect to all the local authorities and I hope that they will focus quickly on the issues, if they have not already done so.