Brussels, 14 December 2005
Speed limitation devices and road safety:
European Commission refers Ireland to Court of Justice
The Commission has referred Ireland to the Court of Justice for
continued failure to notify measures transposing into national law EU
legislation on the installation and use of speed limitation devices for certain
categories of motor vehicles. Improving road safety is an ongoing priority of
European transport policy.
The Directive in question
supplements the existing legislation by further harmonising the requirements
relating to the installation and use of speed limitation devices.
- It requires that vehicles intended to transport passengers registered as
from 1 January 2005 and having more than eight seats, including the
driver’s seat, must be equipped with a speed limitation device set in such
a way that their speed cannot exceed 100 km/hour.
- Vehicles used for the transport of goods and with a maximum weight in excess
of 3.5 tonnes registered as from the same date must be fitted with a speed
limitation device set in such a way that their speed cannot exceed
- Member States may also require that the speed limitation device in vehicles
registered in their territory and used for the transport of dangerous goods be
set in such a way as to impose on those vehicles a maximum speed of less than
Ireland has failed to communicate measures
transposing this Directive into national law. The deadline for transposing the
Directive was 1 January 2005.
amending Directive 92/6/EEC.