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Only one in 10 drivers obeying city limit

FEWER than 10 per cent of motorists are obeying the city centre 30km/h speed limit introduced by Dublin City Council last year, a new survey reveals.

The Continental Tyres survey along Dublin's city centre quays was carried out with the help of Tele-Traffic, the leading supplier of laser speedgun technology.

It found that just nine vehicles out of 100 surveyed were travelling at 30km/h or less. The highest speed recorded in the survey -- which covered all vehicle types including cars, motor bikes, vans, trucks and buses -- was a van travelling at 58km/h, nearly twice the permitted speed.

Continental Tyres suggests that the high number of speeding vehicles could be down to the fact that drivers might not have known they were driving in a 30km/h speed limit area because there were no signs to inform them.

Commenting on the survey results, Paddy Murphy, general manager of Continental Tyres Ireland said: "It is disappointing to see such a level of disregard for the 30km/h limit. . . the city council should look at reviewing the issue.

"Speeding drivers (can) find themselves suddenly behind a car that is observing the limit, the speeding driver is then required to hit the brakes and very often, drivers seriously overestimate the stopping ability of their car.

"For example, at 50km/h, an average car on good tyres in good weather conditions will take almost 24 metres (six car lengths) to stop," concluded Mr Murphy.

The 30km/h speed limit zone comprises a large section of Dublin city centre, including the quays between Ormond and Eden Quays north of the Liffey and Wellington and Burgh Quays on the southern side.

Sunday Independent Supplement