Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (233)

Brendan Griffin

Ceist:

233. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Transport when the next national roads speed limit review will take place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26647/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

The most recent speed limit guidelines were issued in March 2015 following a review by a speed limit review working group. Local Authorities (in conjunction with TII in respect of National Roads) are able to amend and set Speed Limits as appropriate and in accordance with the Speed Limit Guidelines for different sections of the road network as required and adopt bye-laws under a reserved function.

This is an ongoing process for local authorities and this can require a review by local authorities when speed limit guidance is updated or when local authorities believe that safety can be improved by better matching certain speed limit zones to existing guidance/best practice. In this context, the 2020 Programme for Government has committed to review and reduce speed limits, where appropriate, to address both road safety issues and carbon emissions, and ensure greater compliance.

Ireland’s road network is extensive and inconsistent, which means that a ‘one size fits all’ solution for Speed Limits for the circa 100,000 kilometre road network is not always possible and queries will arise. My Department is currently developing a speed limit appeals process whereby a member of the public can query or appeal a speed limit to the local authority.