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Operational Activities

UK operators may carry loads to, from or through the country. Loads carried between third countries can only do so under an agreement with the third country. Cabotage is permitted.

Dangerous Goods
Ireland has introduced the legislation into its National Legislation. It is essential that fully completed ADR documentation is prepared for the movement of dangerous goods. Note that the Dublin Port Tunnel is a Class 'C' Tunnel.

Abnormal Loads
All abnormal load movements require authorisation and allocated Permit. Notice should be given 4 days prior to movement by contacting Siochana Operations (Traffic), Telephone +353 1 666 1792/1954.

A full tank of fuel can be imported duty free.

ATA Carnets are accepted for certain temporary imports. CMR notes are advised.

Movement Restrictions
There are no driving restrictions on weekends or Public Holidays.

Ireland - Information and Online Purchase Road Tolls
The National Roads Authority (NRA) will give plenty of useful information regarding the road infrastructure in Ireland as well as the road toll system (click on the image). Currently the following roads affected are:

Bridge and Tunnel Tolls
The following are toll tunnels and bridges.

Vehicle Requirements

Green Card required, plus original vehicle registration docs. A GB plate must be fitted to rear of vehicle/trailer.

Maximum Weights & Dimensions
Height 4.65 metres
Width 2.55 metres (Fridges 2.6 metres)
Length Artic 16.5 metres
Road Train 18.75 metres
Weight Artic 40 tonnes (40 foot ISO containers - 44 tonnes)
Road Train 44 tonnes
There are also various maximum permitted weights on vehicles, trailers and road trains which are applicable according to the number of axles.

Safety Equipment
It is compulsory to carry the following items of equipment and/or observe specific rules:-

Driver Requirements

Legal Documents
Full passport required but no visa required. Normal UK Licence. Letter from employer giving driver permission to drive vehicle - Attestation letter and form. EU Hours rules apply.

Speed Limits

Vehicles Concerned Built-Up areas Two-Lane Local/regional roads (kms) Expressways / Dual Carraigeways (kms) Motorways
Rigid Trucks over 3.5 tonnes 50 80 80 80
Artics & Road Trains 50 80 80 80

Country Contact Info

British Embassy
29 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 Tel: +353 (1) 205 3700 Website:
Transport Organisation
Irish Road Haulage Association IRHA, Suite 6, Gowna Plaza, Bracetown Business Park, Clonee, Co. Meath. Tel: +353 (0)1 801 3380

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