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  1. There's nothing unique about our roads. There's nothing special about here. We're not a special case. The only reason our accident record is one of the worst anywhere, is because of the speeding culture here, and the lack of enforcement. The RPU has been cut to the bone, and there are no cameras, and roads with no speed limits. If I travel at 30 in a 30, I'm the slowest vehicle on the road, with a line of traffic tailgating me. At the end of the day, humans don't like admitting we are the problem. We don't want an all island speed limit, as we all like to have a blast, so we'll make up nonsense to justify it, like, er, "It's not speed that kills, it's bad driving".... yeah yeah whatever. Education doesn't work, as we won't admit we are the problem. Enforcement is the only thing that will make people wise up, and there's hardly any of that. When you see some Athol Street type overtaking 4 cars at once on a blind bend in his Audi - that guy is intelligent. He knows he's being a twat, but he doesn't care about anyone else. Enforcement is what's needed. 1000 RTC's a year is utterly ridiculous. I see the wall is knocked down again at church bends. Those holes in walls aren't caused by people driving slow. It's not cyclists. It's people driving like twats. Those 1000 RTC's per year involve about 1500 cars. That's right - a huge proportion aren't 'collisions' but people just driving their own car off the road. 2 reasons for that - 1 - too fast, 2 not looking where you're going, ie on your phone. Speed, and inattention. People feel safe in their cars now. And if you feel safe, you'll take risks. This is why people who drive big cars are aggressive drivers. Just imagine this - instead of an airbag on your steering wheel, there was a big spike. You'd drive carefully then. You certainly wouldn't be looking at twitter. The lack of real policy or strategy regarding road safety here is shameful. And we can't use the excuse of our motorsport events. Other places have motorsport events too, and they don't acccept loads of deaths and 100 accidents in a week, just because there's a race on.
    10 points
  2. "....improving driving standards doesn't require a speed limit." This is truly the elephant in the room, and something we are going to have to get over. The favoured strategy is "Safe System". This begins from a target that no road traffic collision should result in a fatality - which to be honest, has to be the only one worth having. As part of that safe system, all options have to be on the table - including providing a risk assess based speed limit - or no limit if that can be seen to be appropriate. If you have a strategy, and then post-fatal collision inquest, the Coroner asks "Would a restriction on speed have made a difference here?" and the answer is "Yes, but we're special here and we don't want to wreck tourism/fun/individual choice" then the Coroner is bound to cite an Article 2 failing in his judgement. There are many of my fellow petrolheads that don't like my stance on this issue. But most of them haven't had to deal with it from my perspective. We desperately need this strategy, and we cannot leave those charged with delivering it, denied every option.
    6 points
  3. Twat driving is endemic on this Island (uh oh....Uhtred’s off on the “worst standard of driving anywhere” schtick again...) well yes, Uhtred is. And, interestingly, hot spots for the twats to reveal their colours are frequently where (perpetually misused) overtaking opportunities arise; ascending Richmond Hill; ascending Brown Cow Hill Santon; King Edward Road Onchan and the Mountain Road to name but a few. But by no means all bad driving on the Island is speed related...manouvering without looking; manouvering without indicating; parking in idiotic places...I witness all of these multiple times every week. We need to recognise as a community that we’re shit at road safety. And do something other than talk about it or publish consultation documents. (Don’t get me started on vehicles with defective lights and the shit state of many commercial vehicles...)
    4 points
  4. ...........our lot are too worried about the pattern on the sea wall..............
    4 points
  5. We, as a raft of tax and ratepayers are overburdened with ego driven jobsworths who wouldn't last five minutes in the private sector.
    4 points
  6. As I've previously said before on this forum; this Government and preceding Governments need to make up their bloody mind, you can't advocate speed on our roads (closed or otherwise) along with trumpeting that it's the motorsport Mecca of the world and then start prosecuting motorists for driving fast on open roads where there are limits or not. This kind of message breeds confusion and contradiction, especially to motorcyclists who come over here during TT and the Festival of Motorcycling to emulate their 'heroes/knobheads' (delete where applicable).
    3 points
  7. In every critical operation or decision I made in policing, Art.2 was right up there. It’s the fundamental right, and god help you if you end up gripping the rail at an inquiry and you hadn’t had it at the forefront of your reasoning. I’m not anti-fun, and 30 might be too low. A 60 limit makes more sense, but those who want to do the fairground ride should be given a way of accessing on certain dates. That, and a major investment at Jurby should meet the needs of most. i just want to see my former colleagues, and partner agencies, given a fighting chance with a strategy that can make a difference, and make us a world leader in Road Safety.
    3 points
  8. It's not just the administration, in my view. A few years ago (maybe 7), at the start of TT week, just before the roads closed I was in stationary traffic, 10 yards away from a police officer. A motorbike crashed into the back of me, he was taken to hospital with leg injuries (he recovered quite well I understand) and fortunately he was discharged a number of days later- his bike was a "write-off" (I think). My daughter was in the car at the time (aged about 9), and the Police were superb with the way they moved her away from the situation whilst it was dealt with and they spoke to me. I was, quite rightly, breathalysed, which was negative, and then the officer commenced to complete a "notice of intention to prosecute" despite the fact that he had seen what had happened with his eyes. He was eventually dissuaded from doing this, and I was given a "producer notice" to produce my documents. This I did, in the requisite time. The guy who ran into the back of me was given, by concession, longer to produce his documents. Unfortunately by the time he was required to produce the documents, he had left the Island it transpired that he wasn't insured. Had he been required to produce the documents on the same timescale as me he would have still been on the Island at the time, with an opportunity to take him before the courts, I don't think that the matter was followed up by the police. Maybe things would be different now, I don't know - but it felt to me that I was being treated more harshly then a visitor, who (it appeared) "escaped" without penalty. Of course it must be difficult for traffic officers to deal with matters during TT, and I have sympathy with them - but I think that the way that "special treatment" was afforded to a visiting biker/motorist represented a tacit acceptance that visitors weren't being held to the same high requirements as residents, with the consequential impact on road safety and behavior.
    3 points
  9. And who assesses what your ability is? there are plenty of people out there both young and old who think they are better drivers than they are. also the fact that some people have been qualified to drive for a very long time doesn't necessarily make them better drivers. Anyone who thinks speed limits don't save lives should consider this RoSPA fact sheet https://www.rospa.com/rospaweb/docs/advice-services/road-safety/drivers/20-mph-zone-factsheet.pdf The reduction of speed in urban areas to 20 mph would save lives. Also considering the size of the Island does anyone need to be going above 40mph? If speed is your thing go on a track day up at Jurby.
    3 points
  10. Largely to get their hands on Manx's Heathrow landing slots, worth a small fortune in themselves.
    2 points
  11. I didn't see Druid's post as offensive. And Albert Tatlock is just a mental, especially around the time the pub closes.
    2 points
  12. I don't get why he was "wrong." The video in question is freely available and it's a matter of choice whether one views it or not. So why is he "wrong?" Earlier you compared it with the Macau crash as being "surely more gruesome?"
    2 points
  13. The thing is, you can have all the speed limits all over the island but you need the resources to police and enforce it by having a properly equipped (vehicles, equipment and staff) RPU which we dont have, we did but then it got drastically cut due to budget reductions. So we, as a society have to choose what are important to us and focus the resources on those things whilst getting rid of things that aren't important to us. Basically, are we ok with fatalities and serious injuries or are we not.
    2 points
  14. We prostrate ourself to the market - the market will serve us according to its economics. It owes us nothing else. In many ways we've been thoroughly spoilt in respect of the number of flights and destinations previously offered from IoM. Whilst we still want cheaper fares. We can't have it both ways. If we want cheap air travel then we have to take what the carriers find economically viable.
    2 points
  15. Surely it would make more sense to target drivers more likely to cause accidents, rather than those who happen to be affluent enough to drive "better" vehicles?
    2 points
  16. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but a speed limit was put on Ballamodha following a couple of fatal accidents, I seem to remember that in addition to driving too fast for their ability, both times the driver hadn’t passed their test and obviously weren’t insured, they also happened at night time. I’m currently teaching two of my grandchildren to drive, in addition to them having ‘proper’ lessons, they are progressing very well and I’m quite confident and relaxed when out with them, I’m teaching them to actually drive and not just pass their test ! They go to an official instructor to help pass their test, mostly in a limited speed area on certain routes. I do think that there should be additional experience once they have passed their test as going from a controlled environment to being on their own, or with ‘mates’ they are obviously going to try things and learn by their mistakes, sometimes with disastrous results. The fact that they officially can’t go over 50 will in most cases be ignored, how many times have you been overtaken by a car with R plates ? My father taught me to drive, he was a bus driver and also ingrained in me to expect the unexpected and what to do if something did happen and how to avoid it. A few hours at Jurby being taught car control and basic maintenance knowledge should be instigated. i’m a long in the tooth petrol head pensioner and drive ‘stupid’ gas guzzling old cars, I stick to speed limits but also enjoy driving to my ability when there are no limits, driving should be fun but within your ability - when I passed my test my first target was to see how fast my car went - it was an 803 cc Morris Minor so I reached 40 mph downhill with the wind behind me ! Unless things have changed with time I should imagine most young people today have a similar aim when they get their license ? The problem is their first cars are rocket propelled in comparison with my moggy and they don’t know what to do when they lose control. Most speed accidents occur in the dark when nobody is watching, are any tests taken at night time ? My final comment is that education is more important than speed limits !
    2 points
  17. Limiting by (manufacturer's quoted) BHP or whatever would be fine, it's an arbitrary limit in any respect, all it would mean is that anyone wanting to drive a "higher-performance" / "prestige" vehicle would need to evidence (through an advanced test) their capability to drive a potentially more dangerous weapon. That being said, my preferred car (my daily runabout) is under 90BHP but has no ABS, EBC, Traction Control, Stability Control, Power Steering or whatever - no modern driver aids at all, so what's safer - my well maintained old banger or a modern 180BHP hot hatch with all the electronic driver assistance gismos? It's not really about the vehicle. I think any road safety regime should be focused on the driver, but whilst enabling most people to drive (because they need to) it should encourage / require higher standards of driver education wherever possible. Pragmatically I expect regulators will put that in the "too difficult" tray and impose more speed limits instead.
    2 points
  18. According to the Daily Mail he visited the Isle of Man to promote a book: (see just below the picture of the Mastermind chap) He was also a keen author and following his career as a newsreader he had penned a book titled 'The Teror (sic) of Tobermony' (sic), and had travelled to the Isle of Man to promote it Although apart from the two spelling mistakes in the book title, I think the book was more to do with the Isle of Mull not the Isle of Man as stated in the article. Anyway, you don't get a more tenuous link than that, but I am sure the Isle of Man Post Office could get a first day cover or two out of it.
    2 points
  19. Then why is the current incumbent on £60k? Shome mishtake, shurely...? Because it's other peoples money as per usual !!!!!!!
    2 points
  20. He seemingly just can’t help himself in believing that somehow social media is new age granny farming for Millenials. Sadly his social media content is so inane he appears not to see that its making him look a total fool to most people who have a brain.
    1 point
  21. Janey Godley has a point (not for snowflakes)
    1 point
  22. Apparently dilli took notice of his teachers. Fucking lowly. Pfft.
    1 point
  23. Fair comment, there isn't. The longest and straightest roads in the UK which are 3 ( or in some areas 4) times wider than our roads with slipway entrances/exits tare limited to 70mph. How can it be right that on a single carriageway stretch of road such as between Peel and St John's with blind entrances along the way that you can go as fast as you like? It's absolutely nuts.
    1 point
  24. https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2018/11/19/jersey-granted-permission-to-negotiate-trade-deal-with-uae/
    1 point
  25. Some years ago during T.T. I stopped to report a dangerous driver to a young roadside cop. Wish I hadn't have bothered because he wasn't interested. I got the distinct impression that he thought I was interfering or being an unnecessary nuisance. Perhaps unfairly, I also wondered if he actually enjoyed the madness and was totting up his overtime in his head. I've never bothered again.
    1 point
  26. Deterrent sentencing doesn't really work
    1 point
  27. Yes, you could...£10k fine and lifetime bans etc but that would be the precursor to a totalitarian state and I for one would rather take my chances in life without that kind of rule.
    1 point
  28. What we want is immaterial. If Easyjet think they'd get a decent load on one turnaround rotation flight a day from here offering £20 fares, which they would, then it'd be a no brainer and our open skies policy makes us a sitting duck for it.
    1 point
  29. I’m fairly certain the way it will go will be insurance incentives by way of lower premiums if you take and pass advanced motoring/cycling courses every few years. I’d also expect regular official re-testing. Finally, and possibly the most effective, will be insurance companies insisting on fitting trackers, with premiums related to which roads the car is driven on, nature of driving, speed, time of day, distance. etc. as well as age, experience and claim free years.
    1 point
  30. On what data is this idea based?
    1 point
  31. I suggest you consult a dictionary and look up the word 'amazing'.
    1 point
  32. Spar had pictures in local paper giving out cheques to local charities that they had collected by charging for bags. Albert, you kept quiet about the lottery win but have given game away by mentioning you can afford to shop in Spar, Flannels next I expect !!!!!
    1 point
  33. He's have died a lot sooner had he done that in my nursing home. You don't need that shit, be like being cooped up with Lionel Blair fuck off and give me some peace man.
    1 point
  34. The people I was referring to who need to be " mollified" by the Maybot's deal are, of course, this crowd: David Davis Liam Fox David Gauke Michael Gove Chris Grayling Sajid Javid Andrea Leadsom Brandon Lewis Penny Mordaunt Bim Afolami Steve Baker Guto Bebb Andrew Bridgen Christopher Chope James Cleverly Therese Coffey Robert Courts Jonathan Djanogly Jackie Doyle-Price James Duddridge Iain Duncan Smith Charlie Elphicke Suella Fernandes Mark Field Mark Francois Chris Heaton-Harris Bernard Jenkin Eleanor Laing Pauline Latham Brandon Lewis Tim Loughton Craig Mackinlay Kit Malthouse Stephen McPartland Nigel Mills James Morris Owen Paterson John Penrose Chris Pincher Jacob Rees-Mogg Alec Shelbrooke Henry Smith Desmond Swayne Michael Tomlinson Martin Vickers David Warburton Bill Wiggin Mike Wood. Yes they're the ERG. It was formed as a response to The Maastricht Treaty where the UK came away with the best deal in town. Go figure. The group are under no obligation to reveal their membership but the worryingly large number above have all submitted expense claims with a contribution to the upkeep of the ERG. They actually believe that if the UK crashes out then a no deal brexit will give the UK economy an £80bn boost. It gets worse. The ERG submitted a letter to the Maybot to stick to certain principles. It was signed by 62 MPs many not on the above list which shows the depth of ERG support in the tory party. The signatories: Lucy Allan Sir David Amess Richard Bacon Kemi Badenoch Sir Henry Bellingham Bob Blackman Peter Bone Andrew Bridgen Sir Bill Cash Simon Clarke Colin Clark David Davies Philip Davies Leo Docherty Nadine Dorries Richard Drax James Duddridge Nigel Evans Marcus Fysh James Gray Chris Green John Hayes Gordon Henderson Philip Hollobone Adam Holloway Eddie Hughes Alister Jack Sir Bernard Jenkin Andrea Jenkyns David Jones Daniel Kawczynski Stephen Kerr Andrew Lewer Dr Julian Lewis Julia Lopez Jack Lopresti Craig Mackinlay Rachel Maclean Anne Marie Morris Matthew Offord Priti Patel John Penrose John Redwood Andrew Rosindell In recent times a good few from both lists have spouted the most appalling bollox on national media. When you consider both lists of folks that the Maybots deal has to satisfy then you get an idea of the scale of the problem. Which is why "no deal" is a likely outcome....
    1 point
  35. Richard Baker did all the news. Apparently, in his care home, he would read all the papers each day, select the best stories and read them to the other residents at 6 pm.
    1 point
  36. @ PK - But it wasn't really 'an unknown' outcome PK. We had the Mail, Express and Sun and to a lesser extent, the Telegraph telling us for 20 years that the EU was the source of all our woes and giving us a simplistic answer to a very complicated question. Then up pops farage who spotted an opportunity mainly caused by the austerity prompted by 2007-on. He just built on the gutter press' message and now millions believe his mantra that if only we can get out all will be fabulous and all issues will be fixed. Only now is it really becoming apparent that much of project fear is slowly happening. Sure there was some nonsense preached by remain but in the main, it is generally coming true and I regret I think it will be even more so if we crash out. Only now are phone in programs asking for opinion of people actually working daily with the EU and its regulations and their views about how this will pan out is not good news. In fact there are so many snags of leaving that none of us thought about as we were not told before the referendum. Only this morning did farage say for the umpteenth time that we shouldn't want to be dictated to by a bunch of unelected old men. His job is sowing discontent. His job is creating division and he's good at it but please let's stop saying stuff like your post above. Some very sharp people have been cleverly hoodwinked and it is only really becoming apparent now, how much. A no deal would be a disaster. There we do agree. However, even the most fanatical leavers must surely realise all the promises of the snake oil salesmen is not built on much that's verifiable.
    1 point
  37. That’s an interesting article Quilp. I suspect Gerrydandridge justifies his denial of evidence on religious grounds. He’s given hints about it now and then and is definitely no friend of evolution over millions of years. Not sure about PGW I think he’s more a curmudgeon than religious zealot but who knows. People believe lots of weird things.
    1 point
  38. Yes, well said credit where credit is due he did raise the matter of the letter that was sent out that was very badly written and could be construed as threatening. If someone in the private sector had sent a letter like this to clients they would be collecting their p45s by now but in the civil service...civil..now that is a laugh, there is no such thing as consequences, this is where , over the years things have evolved and now they are all teflon coated and we are paying the price.
    1 point
  39. Wonderful emergent illusion: You have to wait until the circles emerge centred on the two inner diamonds and formed by the curves of the outer diamonds.
    1 point
  40. Cosmological evangelism. All you need is faith... https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/18/flat-earthers-keep-the-faith-at-denver-conference And religion.
    1 point
  41. Message received, over and out...
    1 point
  42. But let's sum this up? A highly paid individual was offered lucrative terms (and presumably a pension) to leave their employment. They've now been replaced by another individual, also presumably on a large-ish salary (though perhaps not as much as the former). With pension terms. That retired individual now takes up lucrative employment as Clerk to ODC. The previous Clerk still hasn't been paid off, (and I've been reliably informed that £500k has been rejected). So there's been no overall cut in numbers employed. And a massive loss to the public purse. And a few people made very rich on the back of that loss. This place is a MADHOUSE.
    1 point
  43. Most broken parcel award goes to Manx Independent Carriers. Jeez.
    1 point
  44. Only if you promise to stop breathing in. What an idiot you are
    1 point
  45. You don’t have read anything. Turn off your internet and outside and play ( but not with the traffic, that in not a good idea) You don’t seem to have made a comment on ANY topic, just posting abuse about regular posters
    1 point
  46. I loved the bit where he says (regarding the mountain) "it's open to the public 365 days a year"...obviously doesn't live here
    1 point
  47. Not Noa bakehouse, you'd need gnashers like jaws from the Bond movies to bite into some of their breads!
    1 point
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