Hauliers' Tips: Driving in the Republic of Ireland
For hauliers transporting cargo and picking up return loads from the Republic of Ireland, this guide to driving may be of great help.
For the long distance lorry driver, being able to adapt to the road rules, regulations and legislation of different countries is an essential part of working cross border haulage jobs. It might be tempting to think that a road is a road is a road, and that taking haulage work in a foreign country is just a matter of moving over to the other side (or not), organising some return loads to make the trip worthwhile and getting on with it. But taking the time to get familiar with the nuances of driving HGVs in the country you intend visiting could mean the difference between a successful trip or one that you'll remember for all the wrong reasons.
If you're taking cargo and picking up return loads from the Republic of Ireland, the following information will give you a good grounding and help you to be sure… to be sure.
***While Northern Ireland is part of the UK, the Republic of Ireland is a member of the European Eurozone.
Requirements for Driving in the Republic of Ireland
Security is your first consideration and you'll need to ensure you're carrying the appropriate documentation for both yourself and the vehicle. For you as the driver, this includes:
In addition, make sure you have the following documentation for the vehicle:
Taxes and Tolls
As with every other country, there's a range of speed limits depending on the size/weight of the vehicle and the kind of road. These limits are stringently enforced by the use of radar trapping – so if you're considering speeding to pick up one of those lucrative return loads, just don’t. You will get caught. The following restrictions are in place:
Restrictions on Vehicles
In terms of carrying dangerous/toxic cargo you're governed by complex legislation, so it's important you do your own research by contacting the National Authority for Occupational Safety and Health (ph: 00 353 1 662 0400).
The 4.65m height restrictions in place are actually higher than in Europe, which is 4m. For vehicles over 4.65m or those longer than 18.75m long, 44 tonnes in weight and 2.55m wide, an authorisation permit is required from the local authorities.
Restrictions on Driving
The main driving restrictions involve deliveries into the centre of Dublin, when commercial deliveries are not allowed between 07-10.00 and 12.30-19.00, except into designated loading docks. Permits (available online at www.dublincity.ie) are required for vehicles of five axles or more delivering into the centre of the city.
Use of Mobile Phones
Drivers are not permitted to use mobile phones while driving unless they're set to hands-free. Large fines apply.
The Final Word
It should be noted that this article is a broad overview of driving in the Republic of Ireland and it's important to do your own up-to-the-minute research concerning tolls, permits and new legislation. Comprehensive information can be found at the Irish Road Haulage Association: email@example.com
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry. Connecting logistics professionals across the UK and Europe through their website, Haulage Exchange provides services for matching loads and return loads with available drivers. Over 4,000 transport exchange businesses are networked together through their website, trading jobs and capacity in a safe 'wholesale' environment.