Thursday, 6 March 2008
Dáil Eireann Debate
51. Deputy Eamon Gilmore asked the Minister for Transport the legal speed limit on the Fermoy to Watergrasshill road; if he has contacted local authorities around Ireland to identify discrepancies between local authority determined speed limits and his Department issued motorway orders on speed limits; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9619/08]
Minister for Transport (Deputy Noel Dempsey): Under the Road Traffic Act 2004 the default speed limit on a rural national road is 100km/h and the default speed limit on a rural regional & local road is 80km/h. A county council or a city council can intervene through the making of special speed limit bye-laws to apply a higher or lower speed limit value in lieu of the default speed limit.
When a new national road by-pass or motorway road opens, the former national road that is now by-passed automatically reverts to the status of local road and the default speed limit of 80km/h applies. No order is required to remove the former national road (‘N’ route) status or to apply local road status.
If the road authority wishes to have that local road classified as a regional road (and assigned an ‘R’ route number) they must submit a proposal to my Department seeking to have that route re-classified through the making of a regional road classification order.
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