Road Traffic Act 1994


Number 7 of 1994


ROAD TRAFFIC ACT 1994

REVISED

Updated to 9 August 2018


This Revised Act is an administrative consolidation of the Road Traffic Act 1994. It is prepared by the Law Reform Commission in accordance with its function under the Law Reform Commission Act 1975 (3/1975) to keep the law under review and to undertake revision and consolidation of statute law.

All Acts up to and including Companies (Statutory Audits) Act 2018 (22/2018), enacted 25 July 2018, and all statutory instruments up to and including Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 321 of 2018), made 9 August 2018, were considered in the preparation of this Revised Act.

Disclaimer: While every care has been taken in the preparation of this Revised Act, the Law Reform Commission can assume no responsibility for and give no guarantees, undertakings or warranties concerning the accuracy, completeness or up to date nature of the information provided and does not accept any liability whatsoever arising from any errors or omissions. Please notify any errors, omissions and comments by email to

revisedacts@lawreform.ie.


Number 7 of 1994


ROAD TRAFFIC ACT 1994

REVISED

Updated to 9 August 2018


Introduction

This Revised Act presents the text of the Act as it has been amended since enactment, and preserves the format in which it was passed.

Related legislation

Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 2018 : this Act is one of a group of Acts included in this collective citation, to be read together as one ( Road Traffic Act 2018 (18/2018), s. 6(3)). The Acts in the group are:

Road Traffic Act 1961 (24/1961)

Road Traffic Act 1968 (25/1968)

Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 1973 (15/1973) (repealed)

Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 1978 (16/1978) (repealed)

Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 1984 (16/1984)

Dublin Transport Authority (Dissolution) Act 1987 (34/1987), insofar as it amends the Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 1984

Road Traffic Act 1994 (7/1994)

Road Traffic Act 1995 (7/1995) (repealed)

Road Traffic Act 2002 (12/2002)

Road Traffic Act 2003 (37/2003) (repealed)

Road Traffic Act 2004 (44/2004), other than Part 6

Railway Safety Act 2005 (31/2005), Part 17

Road Traffic Act 2006 (23/2006), other than s. 21

Road Traffic and Transport Act 2006 (28/2006), s. 1

Roads Act 2007 (34/2007), s. 12

Road Traffic Act 2010 (25/2010)

Road Traffic Act 2011 (7/2011)

Road Traffic (No. 2) Act 2011 (28/2011)

Taxi Regulation Act 2013 (37/2013), Part 11 (citation only)

Road Traffic Act 2014 (3/2014)

Road Traffic (No. 2) Act 2014 (39/2014)

Vehicle Clamping Act 2015 (13/2015), Part 5 (citation only)

Public Transport Act 2016 (3/2016), s. 8

Road Traffic Act 2016 (21/2016) (citation only)

Road Traffic Act 2018 (18/2018)

Local Authorities (Traffic Wardens) Acts 1975 and 1987 : this Act deals with similar subject matter to a group of Acts included in this collective citation ( Dublin Transport Authority (Dissolution) Act 1987, s. 15(4)). The Acts in the group are:

Local Authorities (Traffic Wardens) Act 1975 (14/1975)

Dublin Transport Authority (Dissolution) Act 1987 (34/1987), in so far as it amends the Local Authorities (Traffic Wardens) Act 1975

Annotations

This Revised Act is annotated and includes textual and non-textual amendments, statutory instruments made pursuant to the Act and previous affecting provisions.

An explanation of how to read annotations is available at

www.lawreform.ie/annotations.

Material not updated in this revision

Where other legislation is amended by this Act, those amendments may have been superseded by other amendments in other legislation, or the amended legislation may have been repealed or revoked. This information is not represented in this revision but will be reflected in a revision of the amended legislation if one is available.

Where legislation or a fragment of legislation is referred to in annotations, changes to this legislation or fragment may not be reflected in this revision but will be reflected in a revision of the legislation referred to if one is available.

A list of legislative changes to any Act, and to statutory instruments from 1984, may be found linked from the page of the Act or statutory instrument at

www.irishstatutebook.ie.

Acts which affect or previously affected this revision

Road Traffic Act 2018 (18/2018)

Vehicle Clamping Act 2015 (13/2015)

Road Traffic Act 2014 (3/2014)

Local Government Reform Act 2014 (1/2014)

Taxi Regulation Act 2013 (37/2013)

Road Traffic (No. 2) Act 2011 (28/2011)

Road Traffic Act 2011 (7/2011)

Road Traffic Act 2010 (25/2010)

Public Transport Regulation Act 2009 (37/2009)

Medical Practitioners Act 2007 (25/2007)

Roads Act 2007 (34/2007)

Road Traffic Act 2006 (23/2006)

Road Traffic and Transport Act 2006 (28/2006)

Railway Safety Act 2005 (31/2005)

Road Traffic Act 2004 (44/2004)

Road Traffic Act 2003 (37/2003)

Road Traffic Act 2002 (12/2002)

Transport (Railway Infrastructure) Act 2001 (55/2001)

Air Navigation and Transport (Amendment) Act 1998 (24/1998)

Freedom of Information Act 1995 (13/1997)

Road Traffic Act 1995 (7/1995)

Roads Act 1993 (14/1993)

Local Authorities (Traffic Wardens) Act 1975 (14/1975)

All Acts up to and including Companies (Statutory Audits) Act 2018 (22/2018), enacted 25 July 2018, were considered in the preparation of this revision.

Statutory instruments which affect or previously affected this revision

Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 321 of 2018)

Road Traffic Act 2010 (Part 3) (Fixed Charge Offences) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 244 of 2017)

Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 460 of 2016)

Road Traffic Act 1994 (Detention of Vehicles) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 48 of 2016)

Road Traffic (Fixed Charge Offences - Cyclists) Regulations 2015 (S.I. No. 331 of 2015)

Road Traffic (Fixed Charge Offences) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 559 of 2014)

Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) (Car Clubs and Electrically Powered Vehicles) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 325 of 2014)

Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 188 of 2013)

Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2012 (S.I. No. 332 of 2012)

Road Traffic (Signs) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (S.I. No. 331 of 2012)

Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (S.I. No. 74 of 2012)

Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 673 of 2011)

Road Traffic (Bus Lanes) (Exemption) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 527 of 2011)

European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 477 of 2011)

Road Traffic Act 1994 (Detention of Vehicles) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 460 of 2011)

Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 239 of 2011)

Transport (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2011 (S.I. No. 141 of 2011)

Road Traffic Act 1994 (Section 22) (Costs and Expenses) Regulations 2010 (S.I. No. 435 of 2010)

Road Traffic Act 1994 (Sections 18 and 19) (Prescribed Forms) Regulations 2010 (S.I. No. 434 of 2010)

Road Traffic Act 1994 (Section 17) (Prescribed Form and Manner of Statements) Regulations 2010 (S.I. No. 433 of 2010)

Road Traffic Act 1994 (Control of Traffic - Exemption Permits) Regulations 2006 (S.I. No. 639 of 2006)

Road Traffic (Control of Traffic) Regulations 2006 (S.I. No. 638 of 2006)

Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I. No. 11 of 2005)

Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I. No. 404 of 2004)

Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 98 of 2003)

Road Traffic Act 1994 (Section 25) (Commencement) Order 2002 (S.I. No. 597 of 2002)

Road Traffic Act 1961 (Section 103) (Offences) Regulations 2002 (S.I. No. 492 of 2002)

Public Enterprise (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2002 (S.I. No. 305 of 2002)

National Roads and Road Traffic (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2002 (S.I. No. 298 of 2002)

Road Traffic Act 1994 (Part III) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I. No. 173 of 2001)

Road Traffic Act 1994 (Part III) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I. No. 326 of 1999)

Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1998 (S.I. No. 441 of 1998)

Road Traffic Act 1994 (Section 41) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I. No. 357 of 1998)

Road Traffic Act, 1994 (Commencement) Order 1998 (S.I. No. 284 of 1998)

Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I. No. 274 of 1998)

Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) Regulations 1997 (S.I. No. 182 of 1997)

Road Traffic Act 1994 (Commencement) Order 1997 (S.I. No. 180 of 1997)

Road Traffic Act 1994 (Section 41) Regulations 1995 (S.I. No. 89 of 1995)

Road Traffic Act 1994 (Commencement) Order 1995 (S.I. No. 86 of 1995)

County of Kerry Traffic and Parking (Amendment) Bye-Laws 1995 (S.I. No. 268 of 1995)

Road Traffic Act, 1994 (Commencement) Order 1995 (S.I. No. 89 of 1995)

Road Traffic Act, 1994 (Commencement) Order 1995 (S.I. No. 86 of 1995)

Road Transport (International Carriage of Goods by Road) Order 1995 (S.I. No. 23 of 1995)

County of Louth Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1995 (S.I. No. 22 of 1995)

Road Traffic Act 1994 (Part III) Regulations 1994 (S.I. No. 351 of 1994)

Road Traffic Act 1994 (Commencement) (No. 2) Order 1994 (S.I. No. 350 of 1994)

Road Traffic Act 1994 (Commencement) Order 1994 (S.I. No. 222 of 1994)

County of Offaly Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1993 (S.I. No. 87 of 1994)

Waterford (County Borough and County) Traffic and Parking (Amendment) Bye-Laws 1993 (S.I. No. 27 of 1994)

County of Kerry Traffic and Parking (Amendment) Bye-Laws 1993 (S.I. No. 327 of 1993)

Dublin Area Traffic and Parking (Amendment) Bye-Laws 1993 (S.I. No. 131 of 1993)

County of Westmeath Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1990 (S.I. No. 322 of 1990)

European Communities (Licensing of Drivers) Regulations 1989 (S.I. No. 287 of 1989)

Dublin Area Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1987 (S.I. No. 292 of 1987)

County of Wicklow Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1986 (S.I. No. 202 of 1986)

County of Wexford Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1986 (S.I. No. 201 of 1986)

Waterford (County Borough and County) Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1986 (S.I. No. 199 of 1986)

County of Tipperary North Riding and County of Tipperary South Riding Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1986 (S.I. No. 198 of 1986)

County of Sligo Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1986 (S.I. No. 197 of 1986)

County of Roscommon Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1986 (S.I. No. 196 of 1986)

County of Offaly Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1986 (S.I. No. 195 of 1986)

County of Monaghan Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1986 (S.I. No. 194 of 1986)

County of Meath Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1986 (S.I. No. 193 of 1986)

County of Mayo Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1986 (S.I. No. 192 of 1986)

County of Louth Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1986 (S.I. No. 191 of 1986)

County of Longford Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1986 (S.I. No. 190 of 1986)

Limerick (County Borough and County) Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1986 (S.I. No. 189 of 1986)

County of Leitrim Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1986 (S.I. No. 188 of 1986).

County of Laois Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1986 (S.I. No. 187 of 1986).

County of Kilkenny Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1986 (S.I. No. 186 of 1986)

County of Kildare Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1986 (S.I. No. 185 of 1986)

County of Kerry Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1986 (S.I. No. 184 of 1986)

Galway (County Borough and County) Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1986 (S.I. No. 183 of 1986)

Dublin Area Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1986 (S.I. No. 182 of 1986)

County of Donegal Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1986 (S.I. No. 181 of 1986)

Cork (County Borough and County) Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1986 (S.I. No. 180 of 1986)

County of Clare Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1986 (S.I. No. 179 of 1986)

County of Cavan Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1986 (S.I. No. 178 of 1986)

County of Carlow Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1986 (S.I. No. 177 of 1986)

Waterford (County Borough and County) Traffic and Parking (No. 2) Temporary Rules 1985 (S.I. No. 241 of 1985)

Limerick (County Borough and County) Traffic and Parking (No. 2) Temporary Rules 1985 (S.I. No. 240 of 1985)

County of Wicklow Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1985 (S.I. No. 218 of 1985)

County of Wexford Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1985 (S.I. No. 217 of 1985)

County of Westmeath Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1985 (S.I. No. 216 of 1985)

County of Tipperary North Riding and County of Tipperary South Riding Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1985 (S.I. No. 214 of 1985)

County of Sligo Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1985 (S.I. No. 213 of 1985)

County of Roscommon Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1985 (S.I. No. 212 of 1985)

County of Offaly Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1985 (S.I. No. 211 of 1985)

County of Monaghan Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1985 (S.I. No. 210 of 1985)

County of Meath Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1985 (S.I. No. 209 of 1985)

County of Mayo Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1985 (S.I. No. 208 of 1985)

County of Louth Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1985 (S.I. No. 207 of 1985)

County of Longford Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1985 (S.I. No. 206 of 1985)

County of Leitrim Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1985 (S.I. No. 204 of 1985)

County of Laois Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1985 (S.I. No. 203 of 1985)

County of Kilkenny Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1985 (S.I. No. 202 of 1985)

County of Kildare Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1985 (S.I. No. 201 of 1985)

County of Kerry Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1985 (S.I. No. 200 of 1985)

County of Galway Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1985 (S.I. No. 199 of 1985)

Dublin Area Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1985 (S.I. No. 198 of 1985)

County of Donegal Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1985 (S.I. No. 197 of 1985)

Cork (County Borough and County) Traffic and Parking (No. 2) Temporary Rules 1985 (S.I. No. 196 of 1985)

County of Clare Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1985 (S.I. No. 195 of 1985)

County of Cavan Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1985 (S.I. No. 194 of 1985)

County of Carlow Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1985 (S.I. No. 193 of 1985)

County of Tipperary North Riding and County of Tipperary South Riding Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1984 (S.I. No. 154 of 1984)

County of Louth Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1984 (S.I. No. 153 of 1984)

Limerick (County Borough and County) Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1984 (S.I. No. 152 of 1984)

County of Laois Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1984 (S.I. No. 151 of 1984)

County of Galway Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1984 (S.I. No. 150 of 1984)

County of Clare Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1984 (S.I. No. 149 of 1984)

County of Carlow Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1984 (S.I. No. 148 of 1984)

Dublin Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1984 (S.I. No. 38 of 1984)

Cork (County Borough and County) Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1984 (S.I. No. 3 of 1984)

Dublin Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1983 (S.I. No. 105 of 1983)

Dublin Traffic and Parking (No. 2) Temporary Rules 1982 (S.I. No. 287 of 1982)

Dublin Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1982 (S.I. No. 109 of 1982)

Dublin Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1981 (S.I. No. 148 of 1981)

Cork Traffic and Parking (Pedestrianisation) Temporary Rules 1976 (S.I. No. 194 of 1976)

Dublin Traffic and Parking (Pedestrianisation) Temporary Rules 1975 (S.I. No. 16 of 1975)

Cavan Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1973 (S.I. No. 326 of 1974)

Waterford Suburbs Traffic Temporary Rules 1974 (S.I. No. 268 of 1974)

Killarney Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1974 (S.I. No. 143 of 1974)

Dublin Parking Temporary Rules 1974 (S.I. No. 35 of 1974)

Dublin Traffic and Parking (Pedestrianisation) (No. 2) Temporary Rules 1973 (S.I. No. 1 of 1974)

Waterford Suburbs Traffic Temporary Rules (S.I. No. 266 of 1973)

Killarney Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1973 (S.I. No. 137 of 1973)

Kilkenny Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1973 (S.I. No. 118 of 1973)

Galway Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1973 (S.I. No. 101 of 1973)

Dublin Traffic Temporary Rules 1973 (S.I. No. 62 of 1973)

Killarney Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1972 (S.I. No. 140 of 1972)

Kilkenny Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1972 (S.I. No. 127 of 1972)

Galway Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1972 (S.I. No. 110 of 1972)

Dublin Traffic Temporary Rules 1972 (S.I. No. 73 of 1972)

Sligo Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1971 (S.I. No. 189 of 1971)

Kilkenny Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1971 (S.I. No. 168 of 1971)

Killarney Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1971 (S.I. No. 153 of 1971)

Galway Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1971 (S.I. No. 141 of 1971)

Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Traffic Temporary Rules 1971 (S.I. No. 95 of 1971)

Cork Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1971 (S.I. No. 94 of 1971)

Dublin Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1970 (Revocation) Rules 1971 (S.I. No. 91 of 1971)

Limerick Traffic Temporary Rules 1971 (S.I. No. 42 of 1971)

Cork Traffic Temporary Rules 1971 (S.I. No. 25 of 1971)

Dundalk Traffic Temporary Rules 1970 (S.I. No. 304 of 1970)

Salterstown County Louth Traffic Temporary Rules 1970 (S.I. No. 183 of 1970)

Waterford Suburbs Traffic Temporary Rules 1970 (S.I. No. 172 of 1970)

Youghal Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1970 (S.I. No. 158 of 1970).

Sligo Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1970 (S.I. No. 146 of 1970)

Cork Traffic (No. 2) Temporary Rules 1970 (S.I. No. 104 of 1970)

Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1970 (S.I. No. 52 of 1970)

Limerick Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1970 (S.I. No. 51 of 1970)

Cork Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1970 (S.I. No. 46 of 1970)

Cork Traffic Temporary Rules 1970 (S.I. No. 11 of 1970)

Limerick Traffic (No. 2) Temporary Rules 1969 (S.I. No. 7 of 1970)

Dundalk Traffic Temporary Rules 1969 (S.I. No. 253 of 1969)

Dublin Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1969 (S.I. No. 239 of 1969)

New Ross Traffic and Parking (No. 2) Temporary Rules 1969 (S.I. No. 218 of 1969)

Thurles Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1969 (S.I. No. 206 of 1969)

Drogheda Traffic Temporary Rules 1969 (S.I. No. 193 of 1969).

Tuam Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1969 (S.I. No. 175 of 1969)

Greystones Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1969 (S.I. No. 158 of 1969)

Newcastle West Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1969 (S.I. No. 157 of 1969)

Castlebar Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1969 (S.I. No. 114 of 1969)

Kilkee Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1969 (S.I. No. 116 of 1969)

Sligo Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1969 (S.I. No. 107 of 1969)

Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Traffic (One-Way Streets) Temporary Rules 1969 (S.I. No. 38 of 1969)

Limerick Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1969 (S.I. No. 30 of 1969)

Cork Traffic (One-Way Streets) Temporary Rules 1969 (S.I. No. 6 of 1969)

Ceanannus Mor Parking Temporary Rules 1969 (S.I. No. 4 of 1969)

Dublin Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1968 (S.I. No. 242 of 1968)

Carlow Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1968 (S.I. No. 211 of 1968)

Limerick Traffic Temporary Rules 1968 (S.I. No. 77 of 1968)

Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Traffic (One-Way Streets) Temporary Rules 1968 (S.I. No. 58 of 1968)

Limerick Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1968 (S.I. No. 38 of 1968)

Cork Traffic (One-Way Streets) Temporary Rules 1968 (S.I. No. 21 of 1968)

Dundalk Traffic (One-Way Streets) Temporary Rules 1968 (S.I. No. 269 of 1968)

Dundalk Traffic (One-Way Streets) Temporary Rules 1967 (S.I. No. 289 of 1967)

Dublin Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1967 (S.I. No. 259 of 1967)

Carlow Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1967 (S.I. No. 214 of 1967)

Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Traffic (One-Way Streets) Temporary Rules 1967 (S.I. No. 53 of 1967)

Cork Traffic (One-Way Streets) Temporary Rules 1967 (S.I. No. 15 of 1967)

Dublin Traffic and Parking Temporary Rules 1966 (S.I. No. 257 of 1966)

Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Traffic (One-Way Streets) Temporary Rules 1966 (S.I. No. 51 of 1966)

Cork Traffic (One-Way Streets) Temporary Rules 1966 (S.I. No. 15 of 1966)

Cavan Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1965 (S.I. No. 8 of 1966)

Bray Traffic and Parking Bye-Laws 1965 (S.I. No. 59 of 1965)

Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Traffic (One-Way Streets) Temporary Rules 1965 (S.I. No. 44 of 1965)

Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Traffic (One-Way Streets) Temporary Rules 1964 (S.I. No. 55 of 1964)

Road Traffic (Bye-Laws and Temporary Rules) Regulations 1961 (S.I. No. 219 of 1961)

All statutory instruments up to and including Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 321 of 2018), made 9 August 2018, were considered in the preparation of this revision.

Number 7 of 1994


ROAD TRAFFIC ACT 1994

REVISED

Updated to 9 August 2018


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

PART I

Preliminary and General

Section

1.

Short title, commencement, construction and collective citation.

2.

Interpretation.

3.

Regulations.

4.

Repeals.

PART II

The Bureau

5.

Definitions for Part V of Act of 1968.

6.

Functions and duties of Bureau.

7.

Functions of Director.

8.

Protection of Director, etc., against legal proceedings.

PART III

Driving Offences

9.

Interpretation of Part III .

10.

Prohibition on driving vehicle while under influence of intoxicant.

11.

Prohibition on being in charge of vehicle while under influence of intoxicant.

12.

Obligation to provide preliminary breath specimen.

13.

Obligation to provide specimen following arrest.

14.

Obligation to accompany member to Garda Síochána station, not under arrest, to provide blood or urine specimen.

15.

Obligation to provide blood or urine specimen while in hospital.

16.

Detention of intoxicated drivers where a danger to selves or others.

17.

Procedure following provision of breath specimen under section 13.

18.

Procedure regarding taking of specimens of blood and provision of specimens of urine.

19.

Procedure at Bureau regarding specimens.

20.

Provisions regarding certain evidence in prosecutions under sections 49 and 50 of Principal Act.

21.

Provisions regarding certain evidence in proceedings under Road Traffic Acts, 1961 to 1994.

22.

Costs of prosecutions under sections 49 and 50 of Principal Act and Part III .

23.

Defence to refusal to permit taking of specimen of blood or to provide 2 specimens of breath.

24.

Bar to certain defence to charges under sections 49 and 50 of Principal Act.

PART IV

Driving Licences

25.

Requirement to carry driving licence while driving vehicle.

26.

Consequential disqualification orders.

27.

Amendment of provisions relating to removal of consequential disqualification orders.

28.

Provision of particulars of disqualifications to certain persons.

29.

Application of provisions of Principal Act to provisional licences.

PART V

Speed Limits

30.

Amendment of section 44A of Principal Act.

31.

Motorway speed limit.

32.

Amendment of section 45 of Principal Act.

33.

Special speed limits.

34.

Amendment of section 47 of Principal Act.

PART VI

Regulation of Traffic

35.

Regulations for general control of traffic and pedestrians.

36.

Parking of vehicles in parking places on public roads.

36A.

Bye-laws for restriction on parking—specified events.

36B.

Inspection of permits.

37.

Amendment of section 95 of Principal Act.

38.

Traffic calming measures.

PART VII

Miscellaneous

39.

Powers of entry.

40.

Amendment of Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) Order, 1958.

41.

Detention of vehicles.

42.

Power of road authority to provide and maintain certain equipment, etc. on public roads.

43.

Amendment of section 103 of Principal Act.

44.

Amendment of section 105 of Principal Act.

45.

Amendment of section 106 of Principal Act.

46.

Amendment of section 107 of Principal Act.

47.

Amendment of section 9 of Principal Act.

48.

Summary proceedings.

49.

Minor and consequential amendments.


Number 7 of 1994


ROAD TRAFFIC ACT 1994

REVISED

Updated to 9 August 2018


AN ACT TO AMEND AND EXTEND THE ROAD TRAFFIC ACTS, 1961 TO 1987. [20 th April, 1994]

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS:

Annotations:

Modifications (not altering text):

C1

Medical Bureau of Road Safety is listed as a partly excluded agency in relation to certain records (14.10.2014) by Freedom of Information Act 2014 (30/2014), s. 6 and sch. 1 part 1, commenced as per s. 1(2).

Public bodies

6. ...

(2) (a) An entity specified in Part 1 of Schedule 1 (“the parent entity”) shall, subject to the provisions of that Part, be a public body for the purposes of this Act.

...

SCHEDULE 1

Part 1

Partially Included Agencies

Section 6 does not include a reference to— ...

(u) the Medical Bureau of Road Safety, insofar as it relates to records concerning, or arising from, the forensic criminal investigation functions performed by the Bureau under the Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 2014, including the analysis of specimens and the approval, supply, testing and maintenance of apparatus and of equipment used for the purpose of those Acts;

...

C2

Application of collectively cited Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 2010 restricted (28.10.2011) by Road Traffic Act 2010 (25/2010), s. 87(1), S.I. No. 543 of 2011, as substituted (20.03.2014) by Road Traffic Act 2014 (3/2014), s. 23, S.I. No. 147 of 2014.

Exemptions for emergency vehicles.

87.[(1) Requirements under the Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 2010 relating to vehicles and requirements, restrictions and prohibitions relating to the driving and use of vehicles, other than those provided under sections 49, 50, 51A, 52 and 53 of the Principal Act, sections 12, 13 and 15 of the Act of 1994 and sections 4, 5, 11, 12 and 14 of this Act, do not apply to—

(a) the driving or use by a member of the Garda Síochána, an ambulance service (provided by a pre-hospital emergency care service provider recognised by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council established by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (Establishment) Order 2000 ( S.I. No. 109 of 2000)) or a fire brigade of a fire authority (within the meaning of the Fire Services Act 1981) of a vehicle in the performance of the duties of that member, or

(b) a person driving or using a vehicle under the direction of a member of the Garda Síochána,

where such use does not endanger the safety of road users. ]

C3

Application of collectively cited Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 2010 restricted (21.09.2011) by European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 477 of 2011), regs. 1(3), 42(22), sch. 2.

42.— ...

(22) Notwithstanding any provision of any statute listed in the Second Schedule that provides for the consent for a plan or project to which this Regulation applies to be obtained by default on the failure of the public authority to provide a response within a specified timescale or otherwise, that provision shall not have effect in respect of any plan or project to which this Regulation applies.

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SECOND SCHEDULE

Number

Year

Short Title/Citation

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Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 2010

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C4

Term “Commissioner” construed (1.06.2011) by Road Traffic Act 2010 (25/2010), s. 83(1), S.I. No. 255 of 2011.

Functions of Commissioner of Garda Síochána.

83.— (1) Any reference to the Commissioner in the Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 2010 or the Roads Acts 1993 to 2007 is to be read as a reference to the Commissioner or another member of the Garda Síochána not below the rank of Chief Superintendent authorised by the Commissioner to act or carry out a function or requirement on his or her behalf.

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C5

Collectively cited Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 2010 exempted from application of Freedom of Information Act 1997 by Freedom of Information Act 1997 (13/1997), s. 46(1)(bb) as inserted (9.08.2010) by Road Traffic Act 2010 (25/2010), s. 26(5), S.I. No. 394 of 2010.

Restriction of Act.

46.—(1) This Act does not apply to— ...

[( bb) a record held or created by the Medical Bureau of Road Safety under the Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 2010 (other than a record concerning the general administration of the Medical Bureau of Road Safety), ]

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C6

Application of collectively cited Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 2006 restricted (4.05.2009) by Road Traffic (Specialised Vehicle Permits) Regulations 2009 (S.I. No. 147 of 2009), reg. 6(1)(b)(ii), in operation as per reg. 2.

Grant of specialised vehicle permits

6. (1) The Permits Officer may grant a specialised vehicle permit if— ...

(b) he or she is satisfied that— ...

(ii) the vehicle and that operation will not otherwise contravene the Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 2006, Regulations made under those Acts, or any other law.

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C7

Term “provisional licence” construed (30.10.2007) by Road Traffic Act 2006 (23/2006), s. 11(3), S.I. No. 718 of 2007.

Learner permit.

11.— ...

(3) A reference to a provisional licence in the Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 2006 or an instrument made thereunder is to be read as a reference to a learner permit.

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C8

Application of collectively cited Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 2006 extended (21.07.2006) by Road Traffic Act 2006 (23/2006), s. 2, S.I. No. 384 of 2006.

Regulations to give effect to acts of European Communities.

2.— The power to make regulations under the Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 2006 includes the power to make provision in such regulations to give effect to—

( a) a provision of the treaties of the European Communities, or

( b) an act adopted by an institution of those Communities.

C9

Application of collectively cited Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 2002 modified by Local Authorities (Traffic Wardens) Act 1975 (14/1975), s. 3(1), as substituted (3.04.2006) by Road Traffic Act 2002 (12/2002), s. 12(1), S.I. No. 134 of 2006.

Provisions applying to certain offences relating to vehicles.

[3.—(1) ( a) This section applies to such of the offences specified in paragraph ( b) as may be declared by the Minister by regulations made after consultation with the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform to be fixed charge offences and an offence standing so declared is referred to in this section as a fixed charge offence.

( b) The offences referred to in paragraph ( a) of this section are:

(i) an offence under the Road Traffic Acts, 1961 to 2002, relating to the prohibition or restriction of the stopping or parking of mechanically propelled vehicles,

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C10

Application of collectively cited Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 2004 restricted (24.01.2005) by Road Traffic Act 2004 (44/2004), s. 27, S.I. No. 26 of 2005.

Exemptions for emergency vehicles.

27.—Requirements under the Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 2004 relating to vehicles and requirements, restrictions and prohibitions relating to the driving and use of vehicles, other than those provided under sections 49 and 50 (inserted by sections 10 and 11, respectively, of the Act of 1994), 51A and 52 (inserted by sections 49 and 50, respectively, of the Act of 1968) and 53 of the Principal Act and sections 12, 13, 14 and 15 of the Act of 1994, do not apply to a driver of a fire brigade vehicle, an ambulance or the use by a member of the Garda Síochána of a vehicle in the performance of the duties of that member or a person driving or using a vehicle under the direction of a member of the Garda Síochána, where such use does not endanger the safety of road users.

C11

Application of collectively cited Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 2004 restricted (24.01.2005) by Road Traffic Act 2004 (44/2004), s. 27, S.I. No. 26 of 2005.

Exemptions for emergency vehicles.

27.—Requirements under the Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 2004 relating to vehicles and requirements, restrictions and prohibitions relating to the driving and use of vehicles, other than those provided under sections 49 and 50 (inserted by sections 10 and 11, respectively, of the Act of 1994), 51A and 52 (inserted by sections 49 and 50, respectively, of the Act of 1968) and 53 of the Principal Act and sections 12, 13, 14 and 15 of the Act of 1994, do not apply to a driver of a fire brigade vehicle, an ambulance or the use by a member of the Garda Síochána of a vehicle in the performance of the duties of that member or a person driving or using a vehicle under the direction of a member of the Garda Síochána, where such use does not endanger the safety of road users.

C12

Functions in relation to collectively cited Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 2002 transferred from Department of and Minister for Environment and Local Government to Department of and Minister for Public Enterprise and terms construed (18.06.2002) by National Roads and Road Traffic (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2002 (S.I. No. 298 of 2002). Note: name of Department of and Minister for Public Enterprise changed to Department of and Minister for Transport (19.06.2002) by Public Enterprise (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2002 (S.I. No. 305 of 2002); name further changed to Department of and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (2.04.2011) by Transport (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2011 (S.I. No. 141 of 2011).

3.(1) The administration and business in connection with the exercise, performance or execution of any functions transferred by Article 4 of this Order are transferred to the Department of Public Enterprise.

(2) References to the Department of the Environment and Local Government contained in any Act or instrument made thereunder and relating to any administration and business transferred by paragraph (1) of this Article shall, on and after the commencement of this Order, be construed as references to the Department of Public Enterprise.

4.(1) The functions vested in the Minister for the Environment and Local Government—

(a) by or under—

(i) the Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 2002,

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are transferred to the Minister for Public Enterprise.

(2) References to the Minister for the Environment and Local Government contained in any Act or instrument made thereunder and relating to any functions transferred by this Article shall, on and after the commencement of this Order, be construed as references to the Minister for Public Enterprise.

C13

Terms “road” and “public place” construed (11.09.1998) by Air Navigation and Transport (Amendment) Act 1998 (24/1998), s. 59, S.I. No. 327 of 1998.

Road for purposes of Road Traffic Acts, 1961 to 1995.

59.—For the avoidance of doubt it is hereby declared that—

(a) the word “road” includes, for the purposes of the provisions of the Road Traffic Acts, 1961 to 1995, or any regulations made thereunder, a road in a State airport, and

(b) a State airport is, for the purposes of any enactment, a public place.

C14

Application of collectively cited Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 1987 modified (1.01.1994) by Roads Act 1993 (14/1993), ss. 17(4), 23(1), S.I. No. 406 of 1993.

Functions generally of the Authority.

17.—...

(4) The Minister may make regulations providing that any function relating to national roads conferred on him or on a road authority under any enactment (including this Act), or on the Commissioner under the Road Traffic Acts, 1961 to 1987, shall, where the Minister is satisfied that the function could be more effectively performed by the Authority, in lieu of being performed by him or by that authority or by the Commissioner, be performed by the Authority with effect from a date specified in the regulations.

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The Authority and traffic management.

23.—(1) The Authority may at any time make recommendations in writing to the Commissioner in relation to the performance of his functions under the Road Traffic Acts, 1961 to 1987 and the Commissioner shall have regard to such recommendations in the performance of his functions.

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C15

Term “class of mechanically propelled vehicles” in collectively cited Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 1984 construed (7.11.1989) by European Communities (Licensing of Drivers) Regulations 1989 (S.I. No. 287 of 1989), reg. 2.

2. A reference in the Road Traffic Acts, 1961 to 1984, to a class of mechanically propelled vehicles shall be construed as a reference to a class or category of such vehicles and cognate words and expressions shall be construed accordingly.

Editorial Notes:

E1

Prospective affecting provision: procedure prescribed for costs relating to offences under collectively cited Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 2010 by Road Traffic Act 2010 (25/2010), s. 82, not commenced as of date of revision.