The new speed limit of 30 kilometres per hour (20 miles per hour) in Dublin City Centre was introduced on the 1st February 2010 by Dublin City Council in an exercise that can only be described as the another example of the madness of public servants in trying to impose rules on the public that assumes they have no common sense.
This “Nanny State” mindset and desire to control the lives of both citizens and visitors is an exercise in the minions of the civil service being seen to flex their puny muscles to bring yet another law to be observed upon the public.
The new ridiculously low speed limit will apply to all of central Dublin and will be policed and implemented with the aid of speed cameras which leads one to conclude that far from being a safety measure, this is merely a device to raise more revenue for the overstaffed and grossly inefficient Dublin City Council. Their pointless interfering was obvious to the unfortunate traders of the city centre when they introduced a car ban from the College Green area just before Christmas and in the process decimating what little was left of the retail business in Dublin city centre.
Any travel destination that is a city in any country, particularly Ireland, need a vibrant core, a central area that is the heartbeat of the city where shoppers, tourists and revellers have an opportunity to sample all the goods attractions of that place in a compact area. Being a small city, Dublin has the perfect city centre in that it comprises a small area and has everything from heritage and history to shopping and eating all in one district.
By introducing this ridiculous speed limit they are going to give people one more reason to stay out of the city centre. Visitors to the city, whether from another area of Ireland or from abroad who travel into the centre by car, are going to be unwitting victims of this trap, for that is what is, to generate more filthy lucre for the Dublin City Council. The AA has rightly condemned the move as akin to madness when the recession has ensured that traffic was never as light in the centre of Dublin.
So, to those of you are visiting Dublin whether for business or pleasure, be very careful around the city centre as you drive. You may well think you are in a funeral cortege such is the slow progress in otherwise uncongested streets. But no, this is Dublin 2010!