Consider the journey from Cork city to Carrigtohill as an example. From Lower Glanmire Road to Silversprings hotel, the limit is 50km/h. A limit of 60km/h would be far more appropriate here.
Virtually all traffic travels at this speed and it is a relatively low-accident stretch.
The accidents that do occur on this section usually involve vehicles turning across solid white lines.
Then as the road opens into a full dual carriageway, the limit is increased to 60km/h.
There used to be a sign increasing the limit to 100km/h about 700 metres after the dual carriageway commences. As this is no longer visible, one could technically argue that the 60km/h limit is in place all the way to Midleton.
Finally, from the Dunkettle interchange one drives on the magnificent ‘motorway’ to Carrigtohill. Alas for some reason, unknown to most, we may build roads to a motorway standard, but we must not put blue signage on them and actually designate them in case the locals might not be able to handle the limit of 120km/h. Is it any wonder people get frustrated with these illogical limits?
As for the road from Cork to Bantry, another crazy anomaly is the 100km/h limit on the lovely, but twisty, national road through Skibbereen - yet the generally better regional road through Dunmanway is limited to 80km/h.
Prior to metrication, the Transport Minister promised to review the varying limits. Is this another failed promise?
Most of us outside the Pale probably are not worried whether or not we’re on designated motorways provided the speed limit is the same.
Perhaps TD Billy Kelleher’s recent transgression was that he was observing the speed limit on a motorway that is not a motorway.
When the ‘motorway’ from Dunkettle to Moorepark, near Fermoy, is complete, I suppose the tolled section will be motorway, but the remainder will not.