20/01/2005

Motorists advised 'Watch Your Speed' in metric

Motorists crossing the border are being advised to pay close attention to their speed as changes in speed limits come into force in the Republic of Ireland today.

The Garda Síochána have warned that there will be no leniency given to motorists who fail to observe the new speed limits.

From today (Thursday, Januray 20) the speed limit on rural national and local roads will be reduced to 50 mph (80 km/h), though national routes will have a 62 mph (100km/h) limit as part of changes that see the country introduce road signs in kilometres per hour.

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

Signs warning motorists travelling over the border from Northern Ireland that the speed limit is in km/h have been erected on border roads.

As part of the changes, the current 'general speed limit' of 60 mph, which applies to all non-motorway roads outside built-up areas, has been replaced by a series of separate speed limits. Most significantly, the speed limit on rural regional and local roads (non-national roads) has been reduced to 80 km/h (50 mph) down from the previous 60mph limit.

However, the speed limit on certain roads has increased slightly: On dual carriageways the speed limit is up to 100 km/h (62 mph), the speed limit in towns and cities will increase slightly to 50 km/h (31 mph), while the speed limit on motorways will increase from to 120 km/h (75 mph up from 70 mph).

The Irish Government's Department of Transport website Go Metric website has full details of the changes.

(SP/MB)

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