5 Axle Truck Ban

5 Axle Ban on South Quays and adjoining streets in Waterford City.

Waterford City and County Council have introduced a '5 axle ban' on certain streets in Waterford City in order to reduce the usage of these vehicles in the city and to encourage through traffic to utilise other available routes.

The restriction applies to vehicles of greater of 5 axles, i.e. Articulated Trucks, and from 11.00am until 7pm. The cordon implemented was selected to prevent through traffic coming through the city, while also minimising the area affected, to reduce the burden on business in the city.

  • Details of the cordon area can be viewed on this map.

  • The power to introduce the 5-axle ban is provided under the section 4(2) of the Road Traffic (Control of Parking) Regulations 2006.

    Deliveries can be facilitated during the period of the ban, by applying for a permit to Waterford City and County Council under section 2(1)(a) of the Road Traffic Act 1994 (Control of Traffic - Exemption Permits) Regulations 2006. The charge for these permits is set out in section 2(2) of these regulations and currently stands at €10 per day.

    Deliveries can continue to be made free of charge, however, from 19:00 to 11:00 the following day. Rigid delivery trucks will continue to be able to access the city centre without charge. Driving a goods vehicle of 5 or more axles with in an area covered by the 5 axle ban without a permit constitutes an offence under section 35(5) of the Road Traffic Act 1994.

    Alternative Routes

  • Via N25 Waterford Bypass, (Tolled), or via the N24 and R680 crossing the Suir river at Fiddown.

  • Other Restrictions
    3.5 tonne weight restrictions are applied to other predominately residential streets within Waterford City as indicated on the attached maps.

    Procedure to Apply for a Permit
    An application form is can be downloaded here

  • 5 Axle Delivery Permit Application form

  • The application form should then be posted to: Waterford City and County Council Customer Services, Bailey New Street, Waterford or emailed to contact@waterfordcouncil.ie providing details of the Haulage company, vehicle, delivery destination(s) and date(s) permit is required for.

    Payment will be accepted by cheque, cash or credit / debit card. A permit will be email / posted to the applicant and this must be kept in the vehicle for the duration of the time driving within the cordon area. Waterford City and County Council will maintain a database of permits issued, and will be able to verify the issue of permits to Gardaí if required.