RSA slammed over rural road safety issue

RSA slammed over rural road safety issue
The Irish Farmers’ Association has criticised the Road Safety Authority’s new road safety strategy claiming it ignores maintenance of rural roads as a

The Irish Farmers’ Association has criticised the Road Safety Authority’s new road safety strategy claiming it ignores maintenance of rural roads as a

Safety issue.

Following the publication of the RSA Strategy, IFA Deputy President and Countryside spokesman Eddie Downey has criticised the RSA for what he called “ignoring one of the most serious issues impacting on the safety of rural road users.”

He said the poor state of repair of thousands of kilometres of rural roads was a “huge safety issue”.

“For the RSA to ignore this fact in their road safety strategy launched yesterday is a major omission and must be addressed. The RSA has set out specific road safety targets which can only be achieved by improving the rural road network. In recent weeks, IFA has written to the Authority and urged them to carry out a full safety assessment of rural roads to establish the extent of the problem. Rural road users are very disappointed that the RSA have not

addressed this issue in their strategy.”

Eddie Downey also described proposals by the RSA to ban roadside selling of farm produce as an example of unnecessary interference by the RSA into an important route to market for many farmers, particularly specialist fruit and vegetable growers.