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Speed limit changes in Southern Ireland
userTim O'Connell
Posted: 18 January 2005 11:11 AM
Subject: Speed limit changes in Southern Ireland

In case anyone is planning to tour Southern Ireland, the speed limits are going metric from 20th January 2005. The measurement of speed limits on Irish roads will change from miles per hour (mph) to kilometres per hour (km/h). In addition, there will be significant changes to speed limits on certain roads and some new vehicle speed limits.

The current general speed limit of 60 mph , which applies to roads outside built-up areas other than motorways, is being replaced by the introduction of separate speed limits on rural national roads and rural regional and local roads.

The speed limit on rural national roads, which includes most Dual Carriageways, will see a slight increase from 60 mph to 100 km/h (62 mph).

The speed limit on rural regional and local roads (sometimes referred to as non-national roads) is changing from 60 mph to 80 km/h (50 mph), a reduction of 20%.

Built-up areas towns and cities change very slightly from 30 mph to 50 km/h (31 mph).

Motorways will change from 70 mph to 120 km/h (74 mph).

There will be some special speed limit areas of 30kph (approx 19mph) – in school areas etc.

Each new metric speed limit sign will show the value of the speed limit in figures together with the unit 'km/h'. Special information signs will be provided on cross-border roads, ferry ports and airports to advise visiting motorists that speed limits are in kilometres.

Speed limits in respect of certain vehicle types will also change. The Minister for Transport will make Regulations under the Road Traffic Act 2004, to prescribe the maximum speed limits for heavy goods vehicles, large passenger vehicles and vehicles towing a trailer, etc. [This will be publicised as soon asthe Regulations are made].

Nearly all new vehicles on sale in Ireland after January 2005 will be fitted with metric only or metric pre-dominant speedometers.

Gardai will be enforcing the new speed limits from 20th January (midnight on 19th January).
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Posted: 18 January 2005 7:48 PM
Subject: Speed limit changes in Southern Ireland

nks Tim

We are planning a trip to S Ireland later this year

The new limits are the same as the rest of Europe

Some parts of Spain, Portugal & Italy bring you down as low as 20km/Hr through restricted villages
userDerek Uzzell
Posted: 19 January 2005 7:50 AM
Subject: Speed limit changes in Southern Ireland

PeteC: I can't comment on other Euro countries, but French limits differ significantly from the Irish ones (eg. a 'national' speed limit of 90k/h)
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