Written answers

Thursday, 31 March 2022

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Road Signage

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent)
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202. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if signs could be provided by the Department for places where animals are grazing in public common grounds such as hills, mountains and so on, to advise the public to be mindful of these animals when they are out for walks with their dogs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17164/22]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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The Traffic Signs Manual constitutes a Direction given by the Minister for Transport to Road Authorities under Section 95(16) of the Road Traffic Act 1961 in relation to the provision of traffic signs. The Deputy is requesting signage off the public roadand on lands to warn of animals grazing.

While the Traffic Signs Manual Chapter 6 does contain warning signs for animals on the public road, it would not be suitable for these signs to be used off-road as it would dilute their importance for road safety. It might be that such requested signs could be developed in association with Local Authorities, through their bye-laws, and could be enforced through the Control of Dogs Act.


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