Lowering speed limits to cut emissions ‘would result in more deaths’

Green Party proposal would also have an economic cost of €3.8 billion over 30 years, according to research by Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Motorways: scenarios looked at in the study ranged from a 10km/h reduction on motorways to a 30km/h reduction on all national roads

A proposal to reduce speed limits on Irish roads would have only a limited impact on greenhouse gas emissions, and could result in an additional 35 deaths every year, a report prepared for the Department of Transport has said.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) also found that the economic cost of reducing speed limits could be €3.8 billion over 30 years.

The Green Party secured a commitment in the Programme for Government to examine the climate ...