Updated: 29/09/16 : 05:22:49Printable Version
Independent Alliance Minister Shane Ross’s Road Traffic Bill will legislate for reduced speed limits in housing estates. This week Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD announced that new legislation will allow local authorities, like Sligo County Council, to introduce speed limits of just 20kp/h (12.5 mph) in housing estates.
Many residents groups and parents have campaigned for more robust traffic calming measure to be introduced into local housing estates to protect residents, particularly children.The introduction of the Bill has been welcomed by the Mayor of Sligo Municipal District, Cllr Marie Casserly.
The mayor who is also a member of the Independent Alliance told Sligo Today
, “The new option for a 20km/h will be a valuable tool in the toolbox of the local authorities, and will make the roads where it is applied a great deal safer for all.”Mandatory
Speaking in the Dáil, Minister Ross said; “Beginning in 2014, the Jake’s Legacy Campaign has been advocating a mandatory 20km/h speed limit in housing estates. We all sympathise profoundly with the family of young Jake Brennan, who was only 6 when he was killed in a road traffic accident in the housing estate where he lived.” Sligo housing estates like Rosewood Court could see a mandatory 20kp/h (12.5 mph) limit imposed
While the Minister acknowledged that a mandatory limit may not be appropriate in all built up areas, he said that; “it may be an appropriate limit in some areas, particularly in densely inhabited areas where there may be children playing. As a result I am proposing to add a 20km/h limit to the options available for local authorities to apply.” Minister Ross said that the figures for road deaths this year show a “disturbing increase” and “should worry us all". Consequently he is committed to promoting greater road safety standards.
The Road Traffic Bill 2016 is expected to contribute hugely to this end.