Road Safety

Laois County Council & An Garda Siochana
Road Safety & our Children Illegal Parking of Vehicles on Public Roads
Illegal Parking of Vehicles on Public Roads

Inclement Winter weather results in frost and ice on the roads, bringing about an increased risk of collisions and loss of control accidents. During the winter months ground and air temperatures are monitored by Laois County Council staff, and when appropriate salting and gritting crews are called out.

The Winter salting programme results in safer roads with an annual spreading of over 1100 tons of salt on National and Regional Roads in Laois.

Use of Irish on Traffic Signs

The use of Irish on the country’s traffic signs is the most visible illustration of the state’s policy regarding our official languages, Irish and English.  The road authorities are obliged to adhere to the obligations imposed on them with regard to the use of those languages on traffic signs under the Traffic Signs Manual.  The authorities involved are the National Roads Authority and the country’s local authorities.

A summary of the obligations imposed on road authorities in this regard is available at the link below:

You can report any errors noticed by downloading the form below and submitting it to An Coimisinéir Teanga at the address provided.

Hedge Cutting Notice 2015


ROADS ACT 1993 as amended – HEDGE CUTTING

Landowners are reminded by Laois County Council that the period for Hedge Cutting runs from 1st September 2015 to the 29th February, 2016.

Landowners have a responsibility to ensure that hedges, ditches, trees or any other vegetation growing on their land are not nor could not become a danger to individuals using or working on a public road.

Hedge rows along the public road that require cutting or trimming back should be cut immediately and all cuttings removed from roads and verges.

Adequate warning signposting and advisory signage must be provided.

Liability for damage or injury resulting from such hazards will rest with the landowner/occupier.

Please note that where Japanese Knotweed occurs it should not be cut.  No ground disturbance should take place at these sites at any time of year.  Information on how to deal with Japanese Knotweed is available from or from the Heritage Office.  Please report all locations to the Heritage Office at or phone 057 8664000.

Laois County Council wishes to thank landowners for their co-operation in this matter.



 Roads Act 1993 (as amended) & Road Traffic Act 2004 (as amended)

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport published Guidelines for Setting and Managing Speed Limits in Ireland earlier this year as part of the National Roads Speed Limit Review at   This relates to all roads (national, regional and local) in both rural and urban areas as well as considering the posting of 30 km/h speed limits in housing estates, outside schools and in urban centres.

Notice is hereby given that Laois County Council intends to carry out a review of speed limits within housing estates and, the Council’s Roads Section, as part of a wider review on all public roads within the county, is currently compiling a schedule of roads where concern has been expressed regarding existing speed limits.

Laois County Council wishes to invite submissions as part of this review in relation to housing estates and other roads within County Laois particularly where members of the public have concerns regarding the posted speed limit and speed of vehicles.

It is intended that the review will be assessed in accordance with the above Guidelines, taking cognisance of all submissions received, ahead of a final decision being taken by the Council.

The review of speed limits within the County is an ongoing process but all submissions to be included within the current review should be made in writing to the Administrative Officer, Roads Section, Laois County Council, Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise or via email at not later than 4:00pm on Tuesday 3rd November 2015.