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Speed limits across the country set to be reviewed

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has announced a major nationwide review to ensure that all speed restrictions are “both safe and sensible”.

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SPEED LIMITS ON roads across the country are set to be reviewed as part of a major nationwide audit.

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar said that the review is the start of a plan to overhaul inconsistencies between counties and regions and put an end to confusion among drivers.

“We all know of cases where speed limits are inappropriately low or inappropriately high,” said Varadkar. “I understand that there is some confusion among drivers about the various speed limits which should and do apply, as well as the approach to speed limit signage on national, regional and local roads”.

Speed limit bands are currently set by the Minister for Transport, but limits on particular roads are determined by local authorities in consultation with Gardaí and, in some cases, with the National Roads Authority.

The Department of Transport said that the full process is expected to take some time but that the audit is a crucial first step.

“Recent road safety measures like speed cameras and new drink driving laws have gone a long way towards improving road safety,” said Varadkar. “However, we need to ensure that the right speed limits are in operation on the right roads”.

“There are also allegations that local authorities are not consistent in how they decide on the appropriate speed limit, which has also contributed to driver confusion. Last year a new set of guidelines for special speed limits was published. This audit will follow on from that publication”.

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