Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD has announced that a nationwide review of speed signs will be carried out.

As part of a major audit, Minister Ross has said that he is calling on all local authorities to review the speed limits in their district in an attempt to tackle inconsistencies across counties.

Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Minister Ross said that some windy, rural roads have a speed limit of 80km while very similar routes have 50km in another county.

Minister Ross says that the review will run in conjunction with his plans to introduce a tiered form of speeding offences.

“It will be graduated, the more you break the speed limit the more you’ll be punished – there will be higher penalty points, certainly,” Minister Ross said last year.

The bill outlining the new system has been delayed, however, as last month Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan TD raised concerns regarding some details of the plan.

Minister Ross says that the bill is currently being amended with the tiered system still in place.

“The idea of graduated speeding is still in the bill and will remain in the bill,” he said.

“In parallel with the speeding legislation, I asked the councils for the update on all the speeds with a view to revising them into realistic, logical speed limits”.

Minister Ross said that it is “quite obvious” that speed limits play a part in road safety but they are often “insanely uncoordinated and unrelated to each other”.

Deputy says that he has received back a number of reports from some local authorities already.

The Dundrum-based TD says that he has received back a number of reports from some local authorities already.