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Saturday, 2 April 2016

Irish Department of Transport mis-using International Road Sign

This post is based on discussions with boards.ie Commuting and Transport forum posters and the Galway Cycling campaign.

Minister Donohoe publishes new ‘Guidelines for Setting and Managing Speed Limits’ Thursday 19 March 2015

New signage being introduced for minor local roads in rural areas and for new urban ‘Slow Zones’ for residential areas
New Urban ‘Slow Zones’ (30km/h) for housing estates
Local Authorities and community groups are encouraged to consider the implementation of ‘Slow Zones’ in self-contained areas that consist of local roads with low traffic volumes and minimal through traffic. It is envisaged that each such zone should be a self-enforcing, reduced-speed area with speed bumps, markings or other traffic calming treatments as required. They should be developed and implemented as a local authority supported, community based approach to reduce the speed limit to 30 km/h and to add safety measures within a select area in order to change driver behaviour. The ultimate goal of a ‘Slow Zone’ is to lower the incidence and severity of crashes and to enhance quality of life. New signage is also being unveiled tomorrow to support Slow Zones.
Councils across the country are bringing in 30kph pilot speed limits and also calling them slow zones and using this symbol.

Home Zones
This is international recognised symbol for Home Zones, shared space areas with 20kph speed limts and pedestrian priority. The Vienna Convention On Road Signs And Signals 2006 (sign E17 on p.145)

No. 17847. European Agreement Supplementing The Convention On Road Traffic Opened For Signature At Vienna On 8 November 1968. Concluded At Geneva On 1 May 197
Article 27 bis
The aim of establishing special rules applicable to "residential areas" is to facilitate the coexistence of drivers and pedestrians on roads where there is little traffic, thus improving social contacts between local residents and improving pedestrian safety by making special arrangements to this effect, notably by eliminating the conventional distinction between carriageway and pavement. Special rules which apply to "residential areas" signposted as such shall be known to drivers in international traffic.
"ARTICLE 27 bis

Special rules applicable to residential areas signposted as such

In residential areas, signposted as such:

(a) Pedestrians may make use of the road over its entire width. Games are allowed;

(b) Drivers shall proceed at very low speed , as specified by national legislation and which in no case should exceed 20 km (12 miles) per hour;

(c) Drivers shall not put pedestrians at risk nor behave in an obstructive manner. If necessary they shall stop;

(d) Pedestrians shall not impede vehicular traffic unnecessarily;

(e) Parking is forbidden except where allowed by parking signs;

(f) At intersections, road users emerging from a residential area shall give way to other road users, except when otherwise provided in domestic legislation

So why are the government/council using the symbol for 30kph zones with no pedestrian priority?

In the Road Safety Authority announcement of these new s Rural Speed Limits launched at the same time it says.

This new sign is a ‘black circle with diagonal which is in use internationally under the Vienna signage convention

isn't it strange that state body cites the UN Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals one minute and ignores it the next. This seems to be idea from the department marketeers rather then road traffic designers.

Up until the recent Rural Speed limit/Slow zone announcement, councils were using the "Children at play" warning sign, which is appropriate because despite children often playing on roads they are not supposed to, hopefully 30kph limits will help everybody's reaction time, and lessen any injury or death.


Sign W 142, Children Crossing

Traffic signs manual 2010 Chapter 6 warning signs
Sign W 142, Children Crossing, may be used to alert drivers to the danger of children crossing roads in residential areas other than at schools and playgrounds. The sign should be provided only in towns and villages, on roads of a primarily residential character with continuous housing frontage. The sign may also be provided at the
entrances to housing estates from main traffic routes.

Galway Cycling explains it, and wrote to the Minister requesting he not misuse the signs. Jake’s Legacy – Update law or drop confusing and contradictory road sign

Links
Minister Donohoe publishes new ‘Guidelines for Setting and Managing Speed Limits’ RSA.ie 19 March 2015

Speed Limits Review body publishes report & recommends new appeals system DTTA 2013

Friday, 25 March 2016

Dail Reform 2016

Dail Notice of Motion on dail Reform Oireachtas 10th March, 2016

5b. “That, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders–
(a) the sub-Committee on Dáil Reform shall be chaired by the Ceann Comhairle and include
not more than 14 other members of the House, of which three members would be
appointed by Fine Gael, three members by Fianna Fáil, two members by Sinn Féin, one
member by the Labour Party and five members representing the independent deputies and
members from other political parties, and that provision be made for the substitution of
members as allowed for under Standing Order 107(3)(b);
(b) the Ceann Comhairle shall announce the names of the members appointed under paragraph
(a) for the information of the Dáil on the first sitting day following their appointment;
(c) Standing Order 93(2) shall not apply to the sub-Committee (in relation to using the
d’Hondt system for the allocation of Chairman posts);
(d) any member or political party may make a submission on Dáil reform to the sub-
Committee which shall review these submissions and report back to the Dáil within four
weeks with a series of recommendations for the approval of the House; and
(e) the sub-Committee shall present an interim report on their working arrangements at a full
sitting of the Dáil on 6th April, 2016 and that it will include initial consideration on
appropriate rules regarding the establishment of technical groupings in the Dáil and
arrangements for the management of Parliamentary Questions and the ordering of Dáil
business in the interim period while the sub-Committee is sitting.”
—An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and all other members of the Fine Gael parliamentary party,
Micheál Martin and all other members of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party, Gerry Adams
and all other members of the Sinn Féin parliamentary party, Joan Burton and all other
members of the Labour parliamentary party, Catherine Murphy, Stephen S. Donnelly, Róisín
Shortall, Eamon Ryan, Catherine Martin, Thomas Pringle, Clare Daly, Joan Collins, Thomas
P. Broughan, Mick Wallace, Mick Barry, Richard Boyd Barrett, Ruth Coppinger, Paul Murphy,
Gino Kenny, Bríd Smith, Maureen O'Sullivan, Séamus Healy, Denis Naughten, Noel Grealish,
Michael Collins, Mattie McGrath, Michael Harty, Katherine Zappone.


Why didn't the members of the Independent Alliance sign this motion?

Standing Order 112 Select Committee: Appointment of Members Dail 22 March 2016

Committee on Procedure and Privileges (Dáil) > Sub-Committee on Dáil Reform

Dail Reform Proposals

Fine Gael Manifesto

Fianna Fail Manisfesto Seanad Reform FF policy docs 2013

Greent Party Manifesto

Sinn Fein

Social Democrats Manifesto

Labour Manifesto

Independent Alliance Charter for Change

Eoghan Murphy TD 2013 Dail Reform report


New committee on Dáil reform discusses how House can be run more effectively Mar 24, 2016, Sarah Bardon Irish Times.