To ask the Minister for Transport if all tunnels expected to be built in the future will have a height restriction that will exclude supertrucks; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
- Bernard J. Durkan.
For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 21st February, 2007.
Ref No: 6895/07 Proof: 277
Answered by the Minister for Transport
I have asked the Road Safety Authority to draft a regulation providing for a national maximum vehicle height limit of 4.65 metres. The issue of setting a maximum vehicle height limit was the subject of a wide ranging public consultation exercise in 2005. A period of two years is proposed for the phasing out of the use of existing vehicles that exceed the proposed height limit of 4.65 metres. The draft regulation will be submitted to the European Commission for consultation shortly.
As with the Dublin Port Tunnel, the planned Limerick Tunnel will have a height of 4.65 metres. No other road tunnels are currently planned.