asked the Minister for Local Government if he is aware that many of the white lines painted at stop signs at the junction of minor roads with major roads in Dublin City are painted at points on the roadway from which it is impossible for motorists to obtain any or any proper view of the major road; and if he will endeavour to have the siting of such lines reconsidered in each case with particular regard to the physical features of and actual obstructions at each junction.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Road Stop Signs : Siting of White Lines.
The provision of traffic signs (including roadway markings) is a matter for the road authority, who are empowered to provide all such signs at the request of the Commissioner of the Garda Síochána or with the Commissioner's consent. Road authorities were advised by a circular letter of 30th November, 1956, that the stop line provided in conjunction with a stop sign should be sited as near as possible to the signpost and so as to give adequate visibility to a halted driver and without endangering traffic on the major road or interfering with pedestrians. In particular cases it may be difficult to achieve proper vision for drivers without interference with pedestrian cross-traffic. I understand that the Dublin Corporation have received some complaints recently and are examining them. If the Deputy considers that a stop line is sited improperly in a particular case in Dublin city it is open to him to bring the matter to the attention of the Corporation.