Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Ceisteanna (29)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Ceist:

31 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide an update in the review of speed limits and road signage throughout the State. [23037/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport)

Under Action 35 of the Road Safety Strategy, 2007-2012, my Department is committed to auditing and reporting on the appropriateness and consistency of speed limits across the road network at regular intervals. The audit is designed to examine and improve, where necessary and appropriate, the application by local authorities of speed limits and speed limit signage throughout the country, in accordance with my Department's "Guidelines for the Application of Special Speed Limits" which issued to all road authorities last year.

I recently announced that a review of speed limits would be undertaken and my Department is in the process of establishing a stakeholder Working Group to carry out this review. The Automobile Association, An Garda Síochána, the Road Safety Authority, the National Roads Authority, representatives of local authorities and the National Transport Authority have accepted my invitation to participate in the Working Group.

It is planned that the first meeting of the Group will take place in the coming weeks and that substantial progress will have been made by the end of 2012.