New speed signs for local roads

The sight of 80km speed limit signs on local country roads, or contradictory speed limits on the same stretch of road, are soon to be in the past.

Starting next month, Laois County Council are taking down 80km/ hr signs on local roads, and replacing them with the international ‘rural speed limit’ symbol of a black diagonal on a white circle, with the word ‘SLOW’ below.

“Contradictory limits are the biggest bugbear for us. We will be removing any conflicting or inappropriate signs, such as at the county boundary to Carlow where the limit goes from 100 to 50 to 80,” said director of services for roads Kieran Kehoe.

“We have procured the signs from the NRA, and once road surfacing is done in the next few weeks, we will be replacing the signs,” he said.

The change is part of a nationwide speed limit review that over the coming year will create an independent appeals board, update driver trainingn national speed limits, strengthen ‘road works’ speed limits, and give extra legal powers to the Minister for Transport for enforcement.

There will be a public consultation on the changes early next year Mr Kehoe said.

Cllr Tom Mulhall welcomed the review.

“I am looking forward to seeing the removal of 80km signs from local roads that were not suitable for that type of speed. I would like to see the Gardaí implementing the rules,” he said.




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