The Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport wishes to remind road users that from the 1st of July 2016, the maximum national regulatory weight laden limit for articulated vehicle combinations comprising of a two axle tractor unit towing a three axle semi-trailer on Irish roads will revert to a 40 tonne maximum weight limit.

European Union Directive 96/53/EC setting the maximum authorised dimensions in national and international traffic, and the maximum authorised weights in international traffic, is transposed into Ireland’s national legislation by the Road Traffic (Construction and Use of Vehicles) Regulations 2003 (as amended) – Statutory Instrument No. 5 of  2003.

The derogation period permitting a 42 tonne maximum weight laden limit for the aforementioned articulated vehicle combinations set out in Statutory Instrument No. 5 of 2003 is no longer in effect as and from midnight on the 30th June 2016.


For further information or comment please contact:

Verona Murphy - IRHA President - 087 253 2720