HGV Management Strategy

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The Dublin Port Tunnel opened on 20 December 2006 providing direct access between Dublin Port and the national road network for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs). Dublin City Council introduced the HGV Management Strategy to encourage maximum use of the Port Tunnel by port-related traffic and to enhance the city centre environment.
The Dublin City Council HGV Management Strategy was introduced on the 19  February 2007. The HGV Strategy provides for a ban on 5+ axle vehicles during the hours of 07.00-19.00 seven days a week from a designated cordon area and provides a limited permit scheme for 5+ axle vehicles that need to load/unload within the city centre area. In addition, as the HGV cordon is a closed cordon around the port area, Dublin City Council operates an Eastlink Rebate Scheme for affected vehicles.
The HGV Strategy has resulted in dramatic reductions of 5+ axle vehicles within the city centre area of between 80 - 94% on different routes within the cordon area. Approximately 6,050 5+ axle HGVs per day use the Port Tunnel and Dublin City Council issue an average of 80 permits per day. HGV permits are available from www.hgv.ie.

S.I. No. 366 of 2008 of the ROAD TRAFFIC (CONSTRUCTION AND USE OF VEHICLES) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 2008 was applied on 1st November 2013. These regulations provide that 4.65 metres is the maximum height limit for vehicles in Ireland. In line with these regulations as of 1st November 2013 it is no longer possible to obtain a transit permit for an over height vehicle.

HGV Management Strategy information:

HGVs do not have free access to the streets of Dublin city centre. A zone has been created that HGVs with 5+ axles cannot enter during the day, except with a valid permit. The reasons we introduced these restrictions include:

  • To minimise the use of the city streets by HGVs travelling to/from Dublin Port
  • To minimise conflict between the service requirements of businesses and the needs of other road users
  • To manage HGV traffic whenever the Dublin Port Tunnel is closed

When you CANNOT enter the restricted zone:

During the hours of 07.00 – 19.00, seven days a week, HGVs with 5+ axles are not allowed to enter the restricted zone during these times unless you have a valid permit.

When you CAN enter the restricted zone:

  • During the hours 19.00 – 07.00, seven days a week HGVs with 5+ axles are allowed to enter the restricted zone, even without a permit.
  • HGVs with 4 axles or less are allowed to enter the restricted zone at any time, day or night.

How to avoid the restricted zone:

To avoid the restricted zone, you should use the following route around the city:

Bypass the city using the M50 orbital motorway.

Please note: The Port Tunnel is free to HGV’s but a charge is payable at the M50 West link toll bridge.

Find out if the zone has been opened temporarily:

Restrictions on access to the city centre for HGVs may sometimes be cancelled.   For example, this might happen if the Port Tunnel, East Link Bridge or West Link Bridge becomes unusable for a long period.  

Only An Garda Siochana (Irish police) has the power to lift HGV restrictions.

Keep in touch with our Traffic Control Centre via radio or telephone to find out when restrictions are lifted.

Please note: If you do not have a permit, do not enter the restricted area until an announcement is made.

Rail Bridges in the HGV Cordon Area

Hauliers transporting goods within the HGV cordon area should familiarise themselves with the height restrictions imposed by the railway bridges therein.  


For more information

Dublin City Council
Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) Unit
Roads & Traffic Department
Block 2, Floor 7
Civic Offices
Fishamble Street
Dublin 8

Tel: (01)  222 5919 (9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday)
Email: hgvpermit@dublincity.ie