Border signs warn of metric speed limits in RoI

Warning notices have been erected on main roads entering Northern Ireland from the Republic of Ireland following a decision by the Irish Government to adopt metric speed limits and distances.

The new system will see the introduction of kilometres, (km), metres, (m) and kilometres per hour, (km/h), to the Republic of Ireland on 20 January.

New metric road signs will be in place on that date in the south, to inform motorists, travelling over the border from Northern Ireland, that the speed limit is in kilometres.

A DOE spokesperson advised road users to think about the impacts of the changes in advance of any trips and to pay particular attention on cross border routes and on roads in the Republic while the changes are bedding in.

“The signs and speed limits on roads in the Republic will, for the first time, be different to those in Northern Ireland and it will take a while for people to get used to the changes,” the spokesperson said.

“I would appeal to drivers to take care, pay attention and ensure that you comply with the relevant speed limits DOE will be issuing advice about the changes nearer to 20 January and I would ask everyone, particularly those who travel frequently across the border, to consider this carefully.”

The Government has confirmed that there are no plans to introduce the metrication of speed limits in Northern Ireland.


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