Irish Roads Ban Big Lorries

Irish roads have banned vehicles that are higher than 4.65 metres tall from today. The ban has been put on hold since January 2007 in order to give truck owners and operators time to downsize the vehicles.

The Department of Transport stated that this new height limit was put in place mainly for rail safety and to protect physical infrastructure, such as bridges which have been hit and damaged by excessively tall vehicles and also to ease the number of big vehicles in urban areas seeing as vehicles that are higher than 4.65 metres already cannot use Dublin’s Port tunnel, Limerick tunnels or the Jack Lynch tunnel and have to be redirected throughout the Urban areas.

The Department has also said that in some cases there may be some "exceptional circumstances" in which a tall lorry may be allowed on the country’s roads.