Road Traffic Act, 1933

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Number 11 of 1933.


ROAD TRAFFIC ACT, 1933.


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

PART I.

Preliminary and General.

Section

1.

Short title.

2.

Commencement of Act.

3.

Definitions.

4.

Definition of pneumatic tyre.

5.

Application to persons and vehicles in the service of the State.

6.

General regulations.

7.

Public inquiries.

8.

Approval of bye-laws by the Minister.

9.

Proof of bye-laws.

10.

Finance.

11.

Disposal of fees and of fines.

12.

Saving for indictment for nuisance.

13.

Repeals.

PART II.

Classification, etc., of Mechanically Propelled Vehicles.

14.

Classification of mechanically propelled vehicles.

15.

Construction and equipment of mechanically propelled vehicles.

16.

Maximum weights of mechanically propelled vehicles.

17.

Special permits for particular vehicles.

18.

Calculation of the weight of mechanically propelled vehicles.

19.

Provision of weigh-bridges.

20.

Calculation of passenger accommodation of mechanically propelled vehicles.

PART III.

Licences to Drive Mechanically Propelled Vehicles.

21.

Licensing authority.

22.

Prohibition of driving mechanically propelled vehicle without licence.

23.

Restrictions on the holding of driving licences.

24.

Applications for driving licences.

25.

Granting of driving licences.

26.

Operation of driving licences.

27.

Signing of driving licence by grantee thereof.

28.

Duration of driving licence.

29.

Driving mechanically propelled vehicle when unfit.

30.

Driving mechanically propelled vehicle while drunk.

31.

Ancillary disqualification orders.

32.

Special disqualification orders.

33.

Operation of disqualification orders.

34.

Discharge of special disqualification orders.

35.

Endorsement of driving licences.

36.

Notification of orders and endorsements.

37.

Transfer of endorsement to new licence.

38.

Penalties for obtaining licence when disqualified, etc.

39.

Production of driving licences on demand by member of Gárda Síochána.

40.

Writing of signature on demand by member of Gárda Síochána.

41.

Production of driving licences to court.

42.

Grant of licences to non-residents.

43.

Regulations in relation to driving licences.

44.

Offences by officers of licensing authorities.

45.

Effect of existing licences under the Motor Car Act, 1903.

PART IV.

Speed Limits for Mechanically Propelled Vehicles.

46.

Ordinary speed limits.

47.

Variation of ordinary speed limits.

48.

Special speed limits.

49.

Prohibition of exceeding speed limits.

50.

Prohibition of careless driving.

51.

Prohibition of dangerous driving.

52.

Prohibition of driving dangerously defective vehicle.

53.

Special provisions for fire brigades, ambulances, etc.

54.

Ordering servant to exceed speed limit.

55.

Evidence and notice of offences.

PART V.

Compulsory Insurance by Owners of Mechanically Propelled Vehicles.

56.

Obligation to be insured or guaranteed.

57.

Fine in lieu of damages and imprisonment in addition to damages.

58.

Vehicle insurer.

59.

Vehicle guarantor.

60.

Exempted person.

61.

Deposits by vehicle guarantors and exempted persons.

62.

Approved policy of insurance.

63.

Approved guarantee.

64.

Approved combined policy and guarantee.

65.

Punishment for fraud, etc., in obtaining policy or guarantee.

66.

The excepted persons.

67.

Extended power of making regulations in relation to application for licence under Finance Act, 1920.

68.

Certificate of insurance and certificate of guarantee.

69.

Effect of certificate of insurance or of guarantee.

70.

Certificate of exemption.

71.

Production of certificate on demand.

72.

Obligation to deliver up certificate.

73.

Regulations in relation to certificates of insurance, etc.

74.

Obligation to give to insurer or guarantor notice of accident.

75.

Obligation of driver to give owner notice of accident.

76.

Amendment of the Assurance Companies Act, 1909.

77.

Keeping of records and giving of information by vehicle insurers, vehicle guarantors and exempted persons.

78.

Miscellaneous provisions in relation to insured or guaranteed moneys.

79.

Application and repayment of deposit.

80.

Special provisions for non-residents.

PART VI.

Certificates of Competency and Fitness.

81.

Issue of certificates of competency.

82.

Issue of certificates of fitness.

83.

Exemption from obligation to hold a driving licence.

PART VII.

Regulation and Control of Public Service Vehicles.

84.

Public service vehicle licenses.

85.

Application for public service vehicle licences.

86.

Restrictions on the grant of public service vehicle licences.

87.

Duration of public service vehicle licences.

88.

Annual fees on public service vehicle licences.

89.

Devolution of public service vehicle licence on death.

90.

Inspection of vehicles on application for public service vehicle licence.

91.

Transfer of public service vehicle licences.

92.

Appeal from refusal of public service vehicle licence.

93.

Prohibition of use of unlicensed public service vehicle.

94.

Penalty for using defective public service vehicle.

95.

Issue of vehicle plates.

96.

Obligation to carry vehicle plates on public service vehicles.

97.

Periodical inspection of licensed public service vehicles.

98.

Occasional inspection of licensed public service vehicles.

99.

Powers incidental to inspection and examination.

100.

Revocation of public service vehicle licences by a court.

101.

Revocation and suspension of public service vehicle licence by the Commissioner.

102.

Appeal against revocation or suspension of licence.

103.

Duty of licensee to notify change of address.

104.

Drivers' licences.

105.

Conductors' licences.

106.

Appeal from refusal of driver's or conductor's licence.

107.

Renewal of driver's or conductor's licence.

108.

Duration of drivers' and conductors' licences.

109.

Annual fees on drivers' and conductors' licences.

110.

Prohibition of unlicensed driver driving a public service vehicle.

111.

Obligation to carry conductor in certain cases.

112.

Prohibition of unlicensed conductor conducting a public service vehicle.

113.

Issue of drivers' badges and conductors' badges.

114.

Obligation to wear drivers' and conductors' badges.

115.

Revocation and suspension of drivers' and conductors' licences by Commissioner.

116.

Revocation and suspension by a court of drivers' and conductors' licences.

117.

Duty of licensed driver or conductor to notify change of address.

118.

Bye-laws in relation to the movements of large public service vehicles.

119.

Restriction of omnibuses to approved roads.

120.

Language of public notices and tickets of omnibuses.

121.

Limitation on number of passengers.

122.

Weekly period of rest for drivers and conductors.

123.

Regulations in relation to conduct of passengers, drivers, and conductors.

124.

Duty of passengers to pay fare, etc.

125.

Penalty for damaging public service vehicle.

126.

Penalty for failure to pay hire or fare.

127.

Property left in public service vehicles.

128.

Registers to be kept by the Commissioner.

129.

Giving of registers in evidence.

130.

Licences to continue in force.

PART VIII.

Special Provisions for Street Service Vehicles.

131.

Definition of use as a street service vehicle.

132.

Taximeter areas.

133.

Restriction on use of private hire vehicles.

134.

Taximeters on street service vehicles.

135.

Illumination of taximeters at night.

136.

Annual inspection and verification of taximeters.

137.

Bye-laws in relation to standings for street service vehicles.

138.

Colours of street service vehicles and uniforms of drivers.

139.

Fare bye-laws.

140.

Exhibiting notices of fare bye-laws in street service vehicles.

141.

Prohibition of excessive fares.

142.

Restriction on use of the word “taxi”.

143.

Duty of street service vehicle driver to hirer.

144.

Obligation of street service vehicle driver to accept hire.

145.

Rights of street service vehicle driver against hirer.

146.

Application of payments for prospective services.

PART IX.

Regulation of Traffic.

147.

Bye-laws for the control of traffic generally.

148.

Bye-laws for the control of traffic in relation to tramcars.

149.

Bye-laws for the control of traffic in specified areas.

150.

Parking places.

151.

Attendants at parking places.

152.

Obligation to pay fees in parking places.

153.

Provision of vehicle stations by local authorities.

154.

Prohibition of obstruction of traffic.

155.

Prohibition of unauthorised travelling on vehicles.

156.

Cyclists holding on to other vehicles.

157.

Prevention of obstruction of traffic by fairs and markets.

158.

Protection of bridges from excessive burdens.

159.

Closing of particular roads to vehicles.

160.

Saving for general power of the Commissioner.

PART X.

Lighting of Vehicles.

161.

Lights to be carried on vehicles.

162.

Lights on drawing and drawn vehicles.

163.

Regulations in relation to lamps on vehicles.

164.

Offences and penalties under this Part of this Act.

PART XI.

Miscellaneous.

165.

Taking vehicle without authority.

166.

Management of drawn vehicles.

167.

Unauthorised interference with mechanism of vehicle.

168.

Disposition of vehicle on arrest of driver, etc.

169.

Limitations on periods of continuous driving.

170.

Liability of Minister for Finance for negligent driving of State-owned vehicles.

171.

Extension of personal liability for negligent driving.

172.

Liability in respect of person driving with consent of owner.

173.

Duty of driver on occurrence of an accident.

174.

Reimbursement of hospitals.

175.

Right to demand name and address of pedal cyclists.

176.

Penalty for false declaration, etc.

177.

Duty to give information or demand of member of the Gárda Síochána.

178.

Identification of member of Gárda Síochána.

179.

Keeping and use of petroleum.

SCHEDULE.

Enactments repealed.


Acts Referred to

Summer Time Act, 1925

No. 8 of 1925

Documentary Evidence Act, 1925

No. 24 of 1925

Courts of Justice Act, 1928

No. 15 of 1928

Local Government Act, 1925

No. 5 of 1925

Adaptation of Enactments Act, 1922

No. 2 of 1922

Courts of Justice Act, 1924

No. 10 of 1924

Road Transport Act, 1932

No. 2 of 1932

Weights and Measures Act, 1928

No. 3 of 1928

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Number 11 of 1933.


ROAD TRAFFIC ACT, 1933.


AN ACT TO AMEND AND CONSOLIDATE THE LAW RELATING TO MECHANICALLY PROPELLED VEHICLES, THE REGULATION AND CONTROL OF ROAD TRAFFIC, AND THE USE OF MECHANICALLY PROPELLED VEHICLES FOR THE CARRIAGE OF PASSENGERS, TO MAKE PROVISION FOR COMPULSORY INSURANCE AGAINST LIABILITIES ARISING FROM NEGLIGENT DRIVING OF MECHANICALLY PROPELLED VEHICLES, AND TO MAKE PROVISION FOR OTHER MATTERS CONNECTED WITH THE MATTERS AFORESAID. [29th June, 1933.].

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS OF SAORST?T EIREANN AS FOLLOWS:—