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Significant changes to speed limits on country roads kick in today




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From today onwards, the onus will be on motorists to decide what speed to use while driving on narrow country lanes.

Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe will soon unveil changes to rural road signs, and also the creation of new “urban slow zones” in housing estates.

Existing 80 km/h speed signs will be replaced by a new black circle with a diagonal line. This sign will mean that motorists will need to use their judgment when using the roads thus marked. This sign complies with international standards.

Mr. Donohoe also said it will not be mandatory for housing estates to enforce a 20 kilometre an hour speed limit when new laws are introduced later this year. New regulation to be introduced later this year will let local authorities decide whether they enforce this limit or not.

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