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Roads Act, 1993

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Number 14 of 1993


ROADS ACT, 1993


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

PART I

Preliminary and General

Section

1.

Short title.

2.

Interpretation.

3.

Commencement.

4.

Repeals.

5.

Savers.

6.

Minor and consequential amendments.

7.

Regulations.

8.

Revocation and amendment of orders and directions.

9.

References to road classifications in previous enactments.

PART II

Classification of Roads and Assignment of Functions

10.

Classification of national, regional and local roads.

11.

Declaration of public roads.

12.

Abandonment of public roads.

13.

Responsibility of road authorities for the maintenance and construction of public roads.

14.

Agreements and arrangements between road authorities.

15.

Power of Minister to issue directions and guidelines to road authorities.

PART III

The National Roads Authority

16.

Establishment of National Roads Authority.

17.

Functions generally of the Authority.

18.

Preparation of plans by the Authority.

19.

Specific functions of the Authority.

20.

Directions by the Authority to road authorities.

21.

Programmes for EC assistance.

22.

The Authority and the physical planning process.

23.

The Authority and traffic management.

24.

Grants to the Authority.

25.

Borrowing by the Authority.

26.

Guarantee by the Minister for Finance of borrowing by the Authority.

27.

Advances from the Central Fund.

28.

Chairman and members of the Authority.

29.

Chief Executive.

30.

Staff.

31.

Transfer of staff of public authorities.

32.

Provision of services.

33.

Indemnification of members of the Authority and other persons.

34.

Membership of either House of the Oireachtas or of the European Parliament by members or staff of the Authority.

35.

Membership of local authority.

36.

Superannuation.

37.

Disclosure of interests.

38.

Disclosure of confidential information.

39.

Prohibition of certain communications.

40.

Declaration of interests.

41.

Power of Minister to issue directions and guidelines to the Authority.

42.

Application of Third Schedule to the Authority.

PART IV

Motorways, Busways and Protected Roads

43.

Motorways.

44.

Busways.

45.

Protected roads.

46.

Prohibition and restriction of access to motorways, busways and protected roads.

47.

Scheme for a motorway, busway or protected road.

48.

Procedures to be followed by a road authority when submitting a scheme to the Minister.

49.

Approval of scheme by Minister.

50.

Environmental impact statement.

51.

Environmental impact assessment.

52.

Acquisition of land and implementation of scheme.

53.

Control of works by a State authority, statutory undertaker or local authority.

54.

Service areas.

55.

Special and emergency access to a motorway, busway or protected road.

PART V

Toll Roads

56.

Definitions for Part V.

57.

Toll schemes.

58.

Approval by Minister of toll schemes.

59.

Power to charge tolls.

60.

Revocation of toll scheme.

61.

Toll bye-laws.

62.

Exemption from tolls.

63.

Agreements for financing, maintenance, construction and operation of toll roads.

64.

Offences under Part V.

65.

Toll regulations.

66.

Continuance of existing schemes, bye-laws and agreements.

PART VI

Miscellaneous

67.

Road users' duty of care.

68.

Cycleways.

69.

Temporary dwellings on national roads, etc.

70.

Dangerous structures, trees, etc.

71.

Unauthorised signs, caravans, vehicles, etc. on public roads.

72.

Skips.

73.

Extinguishment of public rights of way.

74.

Road races.

75.

Temporary closing of roads.

76.

Drainage, etc.

77.

Road traffic noise.

78.

Powers of inspection.

79.

Service of notices.

80.

Offence of obstruction.

81.

Prosecution and penalties.

82.

Grants to road authorities.

83.

Application of moneys.

84.

Disposal of proceeds of sale.

85.

Expenses of Minister.

FIRST SCHEDULE

Enactments Repealed

SECOND SCHEDULE

Minor and Consequential Amendments

THIRD SCHEDULE

The National Roads Authority


Acts Referred to

Acquisition of Land (Assessment of Compensation) Act, 1919

1919, c. 57

Companies Acts, 1963 to 1990

Cork Improvement Act, 1868

1868, c. xxxiii

County Management Acts, 1940 to 1991

Dublin Corporation Act, 1890

1890, c. ccxlvi

Dublin Transport Authority (Dissolution) Act, 1987

1987, No. 34

Electoral Act, 1923

1923, No. 12

European Assembly Elections Act, 1977

1977, No. 30

European Assembly Elections Act, 1984

1984, No. 6

European Communities Act, 1972

1972, No. 27

Forestry Act, 1946

1946, No. 13

Holidays (Employees) Acts, 1973 and 1991

Housing Act, 1966

1966, No. 21

Lands Clauses Acts

Local Government Act, 1925

1925, No. 5

Local Government Act, 1941

1941, No. 23

Local Government Act, 1946

1946, No. 24

Local Government Act, 1953

1953, No. 12

Local Government Act, 1955

1955, No. 9

Local Government (No. 2) Act, 1960

1960, No. 40

Local Government Act, 1991

1991, No. 11

Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1963

1963, No. 28

Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1976

1976, No. 20

Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1982

1982, No. 21

Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1990

1990, No. 11

Local Government (Planning and Development) Acts, 1963 to 1990

Local Government (Roads and Motorways) Act, 1974

1974, No. 6

Local Government (Toll Roads) Act, 1979

1979, No. 34

Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Acts, 1973 to 1991

Petty Sessions (Ireland) Act, 1851

1851, c. 93

Presidential Elections Act, 1937

1937, No. 32

Public Health (Ireland) Act, 1878

1878, c. 52

Redundancy Payments Acts, 1967 to 1991

Referendum Act, 1942

1942, No. 8

Road Traffic Act, 1961

1961, No. 24

Road Traffic Acts, 1961 to 1987

Statutory Instruments Act, 1947

1947, No. 44

Summary Jurisdiction (Ireland) Act, 1851

1851, c. 92

Towns Improvement (Ireland) Act, 1854

1854, c. 103

Unfair Dismissals Acts, 1977 and 1991

Waterford Corporation Act, 1896

1896, c. cxxv

Statutory Instruments Referred to

European Communities (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Motorways) Regulations, 1988

S.I. No. 221 of 1988

European Communities (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations, 1989

S.I. No. 349 of 1989

Local Government (Planning and Development) Regulations, 1990

S.I. No. 25 of 1990

Public Bodies Order, 1946

S.R. & O. No. 273 of 1946

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Number 14 of 1993


ROADS ACT, 1993


AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF PUBLIC ROADS, TO ESTABLISH A NATIONAL ROADS AUTHORITY, TO PROVIDE FOR MOTORWAYS, BUSWAYS AND PROTECTED ROADS, TO PROVIDE FOR THE TOLLING OF PUBLIC ROADS AND TO PROVIDE FOR OTHER MATTERS CONNECTED WITH THE MATTERS AFORESAID. [26th June, 1993]

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS: