Speed limit fury over city's go-slow
Published 02/02/2010 | 05:00
DRIVERS struggled to adapt to the new 30kmh speed limit in Dublin city yesterday as the controversial speed restriction entered its second day.
Those unaware of the changes were surprised to find fellow Dublin motorists on a go-slow through the city centre yesterday with gardai parked along the quays monitoring their driving habits.
And tensions erupted over the speed changes at last night's Dublin City Council meeting, with a number of councillors enraged at the speed limit crackdown.
"It is complete insanity," Fine Gael councillor Bill Tormey told the Irish Independent. "It means that somebody driving down an empty Pearse Street at 4am going 20mph (32kmh) can get clocked."
"There is no evidence of a large number of people being knocked down in the city. Most of these would have been cyclists knocked down by an articulated truck, but they have since been banned in the city at certain times for this reason."
Inner city independent councillor Nial Ring said that he had received scores of complaints from the public in response to the new speed limits.
"Why are we stopping cars going into town? In the city centre, I'd say 60pc of commercial rates the council takes in would be collected from businesses here, and yet we're discouraging businesses from setting up in town."
However, independent councillor Mannix Flynn said he had received an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the change and hit back at claims from AA Roadwatch that the regulation would "undermine" respect for speed limits.
Gardai set up checkpoints yesterday to remind motorists of the new limits.
Our picture by Gareth Chaney shows drivers obeying the new speed limits.