Roads Act 1993

Temporary closing of roads.

75

75. (1) A road authority may by order—

( a) for the purpose of facilitating a road race, within the meaning of section 74 , or any other event,

( b) for the purpose of facilitating the carrying out of works, or

( c) for any other purpose,

close a public road to traffic for such specified period and subject to such specified conditions (including the giving of security or the provision of an indemnity) as it thinks fit.

(2) ( a) A person who uses a public road in contravention of an order made under subsection (1) shall, unless he is authorised in writing by the road authority to do so, be guilty of an offence.

( b) A person who obstructs or interferes with the holding of a road race or any other event or with the carrying out of works or any activity in respect of which an order under subsection (1) is in force shall be guilty of an offence.

( c) A person who holds, organises or promotes a road race or other event or who carries out works or any other activity in respect of which an order under subsection (1) is in force and who contravenes any condition specified in that order shall be guilty of an offence.

( d) A person who without lawful authority closes a public road shall be guilty of an offence.

(3) A road authority may recover from a person who holds, organises or promotes a road race or other event or who carries out works or any other activity in respect of which an order under subsection (1) is in force, as a simple contract debt in any court of competent jurisdiction, any costs reasonably incurred by it—

( a) to facilitate the holding of the road race or other event or the carrying out of works or any other activity,

( b) to repair damage to or remove defacement from the public road arising from the holding of the road race or other event or the carrying out of works or any other activity.

(4) The Minister may make regulations for the purposes of this section and such regulations may in particular make provision for all or any of the following matters—

( a) requirements as to notice,

( b) requirements in relation to the making and consideration of objections,

( c) requirements in relation to the giving of security or the provision of an indemnity.

Annotations

Modifications (not altering text):

C48

Application of section extended (23.12.2001) by Transport (Railway Infrastructure) Act 2001 (55/2001), s. 63(4), commenced on enactment.

Excavation or closure of public roads.

63.—...

(4) Where a road authority proposes to excavate or close under section 75 of the Act of 1993 a public road or part thereof on which there is a light railway it shall obtain the written views of the Agency and shall consider any written objections or representations made by the Agency and not withdrawn before carrying out any such excavation or closure.

Editorial Notes:

E92

Power pursuant to section exercised (1.07.1994) by Roads Regulations 1994 (S.I. No. 119 of 1994).