Road Traffic General Bye-Laws, 1964.

Date21 December 1964
Statutory Instrument No.294/1964

S.I. No. 294 of 1964.

ROAD TRAFFIC GENERAL BYE-LAWS, 1964.

Arrangement of Bye-Laws.

PART I

GENERAL PROVISIONS.

Bye-Law.

1. Citation and revocation.

2. Interpretation.

3. Signals and directions by Garda Síochána to override these bye-laws.

4. Special traffic regulation to override these bye-laws.

5. Application of bye-laws.

PART II.

TRAFFIC SIGNS AND ROADWAY MARKINGS.

6. Stop signs, Yield Right of Way signs, and stop lines.

7. Traffic signs indicating direction to be taken at junctions.

8. Dual-carriageway signs.

9. Continuous white lines.

10. Broken white lines on centre of roadway.

11. Parallel white lines on centre of roadway.

12. Traffic lane markings.

13. Traffic lights.

14. Level crossings.

PART III.

VEHICULAR TRAFFIC.

15. Use of footways.

16. Use of cycle tracks.

17. Obligation to drive on the left and to use traffic lanes.

18. General obligation regarding speed.

19. Overtaking.

20. Turning at junctions.

21. Entering a roundabout.

22. When right of way to be yielded.

23. Signals by drivers.

24. Signals by pointsmen.

25. Reversing.

26. Rules for parking.

27. Removal of vehicle in breakdown or accident.

PART IV.

CYCLE TRAFFIC.

28. Cycle tracks.

29. Driving two abreast.

PART V.

ANIMALS ON ROADS.

30. Driver's duty when passing animals.

31. Duties of drover.

32. Horses to be led on right side of road.

33. Duties of drovers in darkness.

PART VI.

DUTIES OF PEDESTRIANS.

34. Pedestrians to exercise care.

35. Rules for pedestrians.

36. Pedestrians crossing roadway.

37. Pedestrian lights.

38. Use of zebra crossing.

S.I. No. 294 of 1964.

ROAD TRAFFIC GENERAL BYE-LAWS, 1964.

I, DANIEL COSTIGAN, Commissioner of the Garda Síochána, in exercise of the powers conferred on me by section 88 of the Road Traffic Act, 1961 (No. 24 of 1961), hereby, with the consent of the Minister for Local Government, make the following bye-laws :

PART I. GENERAL PROVISIONS.

1 Citation and revocation

1.—(1) These bye-laws may be cited as the Road Traffic General Bye-laws, 1964.

(2) The General Bye-laws for the Control of Traffic, 1937 to 1959, are hereby revoked.

2 Interpretation

2. (1) In these bye-laws—

" authorised ", in relation to a traffic sign or a roadway marking, means, save where otherwise expressly stated, authorised by the appropriate Article of the Road Traffic (Signs) Regulations, 1962 ( S.I. No. 171 of 1962 ) ;

" animal " does not include a cat or a dog ;

" cycle track " means part of a road designed for use by pedal cycle only ;

" lighting-up hours " means the period commencing one half-hour after sunset on any day and ending one half-hour before sunrise on the next day ;

" major road " means—

(a) a road in respect of which there is an authorised traffic sign indicating that the road is a major road, or

(b) a road forming part of a road junction and which, because of the volume of traffic it normally carries, is the principal road of those intersecting or meeting at the junction ;

" overtaking " includes passing out, and cognate words shall be construed accordingly ;

" pedestrian lights " means lights authorised by Article 14 of the Road Traffic (Signs) Regulations, 1962 ;

" pointsman " means a member of the Garda Síochána in uniform and on traffic control duty ;

" roadway " does not include a cycle track ;

" slow vehicle " means—

(a) a vehicle which is not mechanically propelled,

(b) a mechanically propelled vehicle to which an ordinary speed limit of not more than twenty miles per hour applies, and

(c) a mechanically propelled vehicle so constructed or adapted as to be incapable of exceeding 24 miles per hour on a level road ;

" stop line " means a roadway marking authorised by Article 11 of the Road Traffic (Signs) Regulations, 1962 ;

" Stop sign " means the authorised traffic sign No. 202 ; " traffic " does not include pedestrians ;

" traffic light " means a traffic sign authorised by Article 13 of the Road Traffic (Signs) Regulations, 1962 ;

" Yield Right of Way sign " means the authorised traffic sign No. 201 or the authorised traffic sign No. 201A ;

" zebra crossing " means a portion of a roadway on which roadway markings authorised by Article 9 of the Road Traffic (Signs) Regulations, 1962 ( S.I. No. 171 of 1962 ), have been provided, and at which beacons authorised by that Article have been provided.

(2) For the purposes of such of these bye-laws as refer to a driver, a person leading or riding an animal (whether or not the animal is pulling a vehicle) shall be deemed to be a driver.

(3) For the purposes of these bye-laws, every drover accompanying an animal on a road shall be deemed to be a person in charge of that animal.

(4) A reference in these bye-laws (by the use of the abbreviation " No." after the word " sign ") to a traffic sign and a number is a reference to a traffic sign of the type illustrated above that number in the Schedule to the Road Traffic (Signs) Regulations, 1962.

3 Signals and directions by Garda Síochána to override these bye-laws

3. A driver or pedestrian to whom a pointsman has given a signal under bye-law 24 of these bye-laws, or to whom a member of the Garda Síochána has given a direction for the purpose of preserving order or regulating or controlling traffic, shall comply with the signal or direction, which shall, if it is inconsistent with any other provision of these bye-laws, override that provision.

4 Special traffic regulation to override these bye-laws

4.—(1) Whenever there is any conflict or inconsistency between a provision of these bye-laws and a special traffic regulation, the special traffic regulation shall override that provision.

(2) In this bye-law " special traffic regulation " means a bye-law or a temporary rule made (or deemed to have been made) under section 84 (which relates to street service vehicles) of the Road Traffic Act, 1961 (No. 24 of 1961), and a bye-law, order or regulation made under statutory authority in respect of a public place other than a public road by the person responsible for the control and management of that place.

5 Application of bye-laws

5.—(1) These bye-laws shall apply save where compliance therewith is not possible by reason solely of road-works, building operations or an obstruction to traffic, or because of an emergency suddenly confronting a driver, pedal-cyclist or pedestrian which he could not reasonably have been expected to anticipate.

(2) Bye-laws 12, 15, 16, 29, 33 and 35, paragraph (1) of bye-law 23, paragraph (1) of bye-law 36 and paragraph (1) of bye-law 38 of these bye-laws shall apply save where non-compliance therewith does not, and is not likely to, endanger or inconvenience other traffic or a pedestrian.

PART II. TRAFFIC SIGNS AND ROADWAY MARKINGS.

6 Stop signs, Yield Right of Way signs, and stop lines

6.—(1) A Stop sign shall indicate that the next road ahead is a major road.

(2) A Yield Right of Way sign shall indicate that the next road ahead is a major road.

(3) A stop line on a road shall indicate that a driver approaching the stop line by that road shall halt at the stop line.

7 Traffic signs indicating direction to be taken at junctions

7.—(1) An authorised traffic sign containing a black arrow and a diagonal red line shall indicate that traffic is prohibited from proceeding in the direction indicated by the arrow, and on reaching such a traffic sign a driver shall not proceed in the direction indicated by the arrow.

(2) An authorised traffic sign, containing a black arrow only, shall indicate that traffic approaching the road junction at or near which the sign has been erected must, on reaching the junction, take only the direction indicated by the arrow, and on reaching a road junction at or near which such a traffic sign has been erected, a driver shall take only the direction indicated by the arrow.

8 Dual-carriage-way signs

8. An authorised traffic sign containing a curved black arrow shall indicate that approaching traffic must drive on the left-hand roadway of the dual carriageway at the entrance to which the sign has been erected, and on reaching such a traffic sign a driver shall drive on the left-hand roadway of the dual carriageway.

9 Continuous white lines

9. An authorised continuous white line along the centre of a roadway shall indicate that traffic must drive to the left of the line, and when on a stretch of roadway on which such a line has been provided a driver shall, save for the purpose of entering or leaving land or premises adjoining the right hand side of that roadway, drive to the left of the line.

10 Broken white lines on centre of roadway

10. An authorised broken white line along the centre of a roadway shall indicate that traffic must keep to the left of that broken white line unless it can be crossed without danger to other traffic or pedestrians, and when on a stretch of roadway along the centre of which such a line has been provided, a driver shall, save when he can cross the line without danger to other traffic or pedestrians, drive to the left of the line.

11 Parallel white lines on centre of roadway

11.—(1) Two authorised parallel continuous white lines along the centre of a roadway shall indicate that traffic must keep to the left of those lines, and when on a stretch of roadway along the centre of which such lines have been provided a driver shall drive to the left of the lines.

(2) An authorised continuous white line and an authorised broken white line parallel to the continuous white line, both extending along the centre of a roadway, shall indicate that traffic having the continuous white line nearest to its right shall keep to the left of the lines, and that traffic having the broken white line nearest to its right shall keep to the left of the lines save where they can be crossed...

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