New truck height restriction now in place
Hauliers operating in and out of the State are no longer able to operate trucks over a height of 4.65m, with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) having imposed the height restrictions to protect expensive physical infrastructure (like railway bridges) as well as to promote road safety and enhance quality of life for residents.
In the past, vehicles over 4.65m had to be diverted through urban areas as they were not able to access Dublin Port Tunnel, Limerick Tunnel or the Jack Lynch Tunnel in Cork.
The proposals were revealed in January, 2007 and the height limit was set in November, 2008. But five years of grace were subsequently allowed to enable operators who had recently purchased vehicles in excess of 4.65m time to refresh their fleets.
Over-height vehicles will still be allowed in exceptional circumstances.