Written answers

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Road Traffic Offences

Photo of Brendan GriffinBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael)
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109. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 200 of 13 January 2021, if he will provide an update on the introduction of the speed limit appeals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27677/21]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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As the Deputy aware, the most recent speed limit guidelines were issued in March 2015 following a review by a speed limit review working group. Local Authorities (in conjunction with TII in respect of National Roads) are able to amend and set Speed Limits as appropriate and in accordance with the Speed Limit Guidelines for different sections of the road network as required and adopt bye-laws under a reserved function.

This is an ongoing process for local authorities and it can require a review by local authorities when speed limit guidance is updated or when local authorities believe that safety can be improved by better matching certain speed limit zones to existing guidance/best practice. In this context the 2020 Programme for Government has committed to review and reduce speed limits, where appropriate, to address both road safety issues and carbon emissions, and ensure greater compliance.

Ireland’s road network is extensive and inconsistent, which means that a ‘one size fits all’ solution for Speed Limits for the 100,000 kilometre road network is not always possible and queries will arise. I am currently considering proposals from my officials for a speed limit appeals process, whereby a member of the public can query or appeal a speed limit to the local authority.


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