In Reply to: re: Looping the roundabout posted by actually on October 17, 2014 at 21:44:03:
And yes there is also originally a rule that requires automobiles to be preceded by a man with a flag to warn people of oncoming danger.
The 21st Century Rules of the Road in Ireland specifically require you to obey the lane markings. (In order to avoid the kind of traffic jams that our cllrs have now inflicted upon us.)
Any rural town with similar traffic to castlebar has roundabouts with markings to suit the layout of the town in terms of where the main workplaces, shops, schools are located and what time shifts change, kids are picked up and when peak shopping times occur.
It's far from your 'farcical' to try to minimise traffic congestion in towns across the country.
From the Dublin Airport roundabout to Galway, Ennis, Limerick Tullamore, Birr, Portlaoise, Sligo, Letterkenny, Killarney, Tralee, Enniscorthy, Wexford, Athlone.. any visitor with a rental would encounter a variety of markings. The main issue is that the local councils can afford to keep the white paint directions on the lanes clear and readable well before the junction is reached. Drivers who tailgate and miss the markings as a result should get points.