Dublin City councillors voted last night to expand the city’s transport committee by three members to allow the AA to take a seat on the committee.
The vote last night was passed by 35 to 9, with one abstention. The move required two extra councillors to also be added to the committee to balance the ratio between councilors and non-councillor members on the committee.
The AA — a private insurance company which also offers traffic updates — was previously on the committee but attendance of its rep was not regular.
The company objects to the way the city council expanded its 30km/h speed limit zones and, in its submission, asked that speed limits be increased on to 60km/h on Dame Street and to 80km/h on the Ballymun Road.
It has also questioned if everything from bus priority to cycle routes to bicycle hangers, which aim to provide secure bicycle parking to residents of inner city Dublin, could just be “an excuse to sabotage car use”.
The AA rep will join reps from the NCBI sight loss charity, the Public Participation Network, Irish Parking Association, Irish Road Haulage, Dublin Cycling Campaign, and Dublin Town.
The two councillors added to the committee are Beaumont-Donaghmede councillor Tom Brabazon (Fianna Fáil) and Rathgar-Rathmines councillor Ruairi McGinley (independent)
In a debate on the planned Clontarf cycle route, Cllr Brabazon, said: “I just think that this is another example of the council acting the bully boy against the private motorist. Here were are again, the people who pay the most to use the roads are getting the least.”
Cllr McGinley opposed the recent roll-out of 30km/h limits, but he supports other measures. In a debate on the development plan policy on transport, he said: “The reality is that we are setting out to support a modal shift [to sustainable transport] and that does mean less cars in the city. The reason for that is congestion, increasing population and also to improve the liveability of the city.” He added that his view are “notwithstanding that I’m a motorist.”