Written answers

Thursday, 9 March 2023

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Road Safety

Photo of Cathal CroweCathal Crowe (Clare, Fianna Fail)
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179. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will consider reviewing a speed limit on a road (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12011/23]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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I refer to your question regarding the speed limit on the L3020. The Road Traffic Act 2004 sets out default speed limits for the road network. Local Authorities have the discretion to decide on varying these limits through Special Speed Limit byelaws for roads within their administrative area.

The making of such byelaws is a reserved function of the elected members of the relevant Council. Section 9 of the Road Traffic Act 2004 (amended by Section 86 of the Road Traffic Act 2010) sets out the range of Special Speed Limits that may be applied through byelaws.

To assist Local Authorities in the application of Special Speed Limits, the Guidelines for Setting and Managing Speed Limits in Ireland (2015) were published by this Department. These are available to view on the www.speedlimits.ie website.

These guidelines apply to all public roads and provide guidance to Local Authorities as to how to decide appropriate speed limits. The Local Authority also has responsibility for traffic calming measures in its administrative area.

In addition, a Speed Limits Appeals Procedure was introduced in December 2021. This allows members of the public or interested parties to appeal an existing speed limit to the relevant Local Authority, Clare County Council in this instance.

Appeal Forms can be downloaded from the Speed Limits website at www.speedlimits.ie/appeals under the Documents tab. Anyone who wishes to make an appeal, should complete the relevant form and send it to the Roads and Transportation Section of Clare County Council. Contact details for each Local Authority are also available on the website.


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