Public Consultation on proposed Special Speed Limit Bye-Laws 2016

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Dublin City Council introduced the further expansion of the 30km/hr speed limit zones in Dublin City on Wednesday 31st May 2017. The expansion will include certain urban areas and residential estates in the following locations: Sandymount, Crumlin, Dimnagh, Raheny, Artane, Donaghmede, Drumcondra, Phibsborough.

Please click here for more information on the Expansion of the 30kmph Zone

The Special Speed limit Bye-Laws 2016 were adopted by The Council at their Meeting of the 5th December 2016. Below is the Report on the Public Consultation as presented to the Dublin City Council Elected Members in advance of this meeting and copy of the Bye-Laws which will come into effect in 2017, (Phase 1 - March 31st and Phase 2 - May 31st).

Appendix E - Map of areas proposed for the introduction of 30km/hr Special Speed Limits.

The public consultation has now closed.

Dublin City Council is undertaking a review of speed limits within our administrative area and wish to engage through consultation with members of the public, with particular regard to the extension of the 30km/hr speed limit into further residential areas of our city.

The review of current speed limits is being undertaken in accordance with the publication of the ‘Guidelines for Setting & Managing Speed Limits in Ireland’ (March 2015) published by the Department of Transport Tourism & Sport. The principle objective of assessing the appropriate speed limits for our roads and streets is to ensure that the set speed limits are as safe and appropriate as possible for vulnerable road users, including children.

The Road Traffic Act of 2004 (Section 9) sets out the current legislative basis for the setting of speed limits. The setting of special speed limits is a function of the Elected Members of the council. The current speed limits were last reviewed and updated in 2011. The default speed limit in Dublin City is 50km/hr with a selection of areas, roads and streets where a special speed limit of 30, 60 or 80km/hr are also in place, (Please see map of the existing Speed Limits in Dublin City Council's area - Appendix C).

This Public Consultation has two purposes:

  • Seek public acceptance for the introduction of revised Special Speed Limits Bye-Laws 2016 which include additional 30km/hr zones in the Dublin City Council administrative area.
  • Seek public feedback in relation to identifying additional areas for the introduction of additional Special Speed Limits for a subsequent Public Consultation in 2017.

Submissions may be made online, on or before 5pm on Wednesday 24th August 2016. Submissions can also be made in writing marked “Speed Limit Review” to the Senior Engineer, Transport Operations, Environment & Transportation Department, Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, D08 RF3F, or via email to  A hardcopy of the proposed Special Speed Limit Bye-Laws 2016 is available for inspection at all Dublin City Council Libraries, Civic Offices and Local Area Offices for the duration of the Public Consultation.

The following publications are pertinent to current speed limits review:

Public Consultation Documents

Frequently Asked Questions

Links to related documents and websites