In February 2012 the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport established a Working Group to review the Speed Limits that apply to roads in the State.

The Working Group was tasked with: –

– Reviewing and making recommendations on the existing overall system of Speed Limits
– Reviewing and making recommendations on signs that accompany Speed Limits
– Making recommendations on awareness and communications issues on Speed Limits
– Making recommendations on the implementation of suggested changes.

This was following on from the abolishing of MPH signs and full metrication over 8 years ago in 2005. Ireland’s road network is extensive and inconsistent, which means that a ‘one size fits all’ solution for Speed Limits for the 99,100km of road network is not possible.

Some recommendations then from the group are the reintroduction of the ‘National Speed Limit sign’ which will now mean ‘Rural Speed Limit’ as seen in the facebook graphic above. This is due to happen from Spring 2014.

All speed limits on all National Roads are to be reviewed, and further audited on an ongoing basis at least every five years.

Rules of the Road and driving instructors and national media campaigns will also be rolled out next year.

More driver feedback signs such as those that tell you what speed you’re doing are to be also implemented.

Furthermore there are to be trials of the following;

That proposals for Rural Quiet Lanes and Urban Shared Space (or Homezones) be developed and
implemented and provide for very low Speed Limits such as 30km/h or20km/h.

That proposals and recommendations for the deployment of Intelligent Speed Adaption (ISA) be
developed based on research and pilot studies.

That new evidence mechanisms be legislated for, regulated and developed to strengthen enforcement
and use of new technologies such as Variable Speed Limits and Average Speed Enforcement.

To improve speed detection the Gardai to review and make recommendations on: increased deployment
and outsourcing; average speed detection; widening the function of outsourced back office work and
seeking to maximise the integration and shared use of ITS technologies.

These measures should all be completed by the end of 2015 at a cost of €8 million and will involve DTTAS supported by local authorities, RSA, NRA, and Gardai.

You can download a copy of the report here.