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Consultation for Bi-lingual Traffic Signs

11 January, 2011

DRD has launched a consultation on proposals to introduce a range of bilingual traffic signs in either Irish or Ulster-Scots.

The policy will help the Department meet its commitments under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages which came into force on 1 July 2001.

Regional Development Minister, Conor Murphy said: “The policy is intended to facilitate the introduction of a number of certain bi-lingual traffic signs in Irish or Ulster-Scots for the specific purpose of promoting minority languages. We have obligations under the European Charter for the protection of minority languages and the proposed policy will permit the inclusion of either Irish or Ulster-Scots, on town or village welcome signs, some supplementary plate signs for example a ‘School’ warning sign and certain tourist signs."

Signs will have to be requested by a promoter through their local District Council. The promoter may be the local Council in the case of town or village welcome signs, a local tourist operator in the case of tourist signs, or the manager of the facility in the case of supplementary plates, which could, for example, be a school principal.

There will be no additional cost to the Department. The proposals envisage that any costs will be borne by the promoter for the signs.

Copies of the consultation document are available on the Department for Regional Development website - Hard copies can be obtained by contacting the Department’s Roads Service on 028 9054 0633, e-mail responses may be sent to [email protected] and comments may also be faxed to 028 9054 0111.

Comments may be submitted to:

Transportation & Engineering Policy Unit
Room 3-29, Clarence Court
Adelaide Street
Belfast BT2 8GB

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