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  1. I believe the EU has ratified these new ideas and that the UK will follow their lead . There would appear to be other things required such as lane departure warnings etc.

    The European Union has agreed on new rules stating that all cars built after May 2022 and sold in the European Union will have built-in speed limiters, as well as breathalyzers that won't allow driving if the driver is intoxicated. 

    The European Parliament is expected to ratify the new regulations in September. The UK, which may not be part of the European Union by then, will nevertheless adopt the new rules as well.

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  2. Not a legal person but wouldn't the IOM Steam Packets terms and conditions mean that they are not responsible under any circumstances .

    "The Company accepts no responsibility for any vehicular accidents which occur on or around the vessel howsoever caused." 

    You have to say that you have read the T&C s before you can get a ticket on line but not sure how this works when you buy from the shop or by phone .



  3. https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/higher-rate-of-death-of-serious-injury-on-manx-roads/

    Today's article on Manx Radio shows that the latest data supports the fact that you are twice as likely to die or be seriously injured on Island roads when compared to the UK .

    The picture is actually worse than that, when you take into account that average drivers in the UK travel considerably more miles per annum than the Manx average . Hence death and serious injury per miles travelled is several times higher on the Island . It will be interesting to see if the Government take any of this seriously enough to take action.

  4. 19 minutes ago, Mr Shoe said:

    Seems the DOI/Police are as useless as ever.

    Is there a sign stating the speed limit for bicycles? No. Do other vehicles use the walkway? Yes. Is it clear whether this is law or just a guideline? No. Is it ever enforced? No. Did they claim that removing the bike lane would be fine for everyone? Yes.

    Other countries aren't as blase about their traffic laws. Our traffic police are so utterly ineffective. 

    If I'm driving along one of our A roads and the car in front of me is doing precisely the speed limit, I assume he's pissed because speeding is a way of life over here.

    So, if 10mph is the law on the prom walkway (and it sounds perfectly reasonable to me) then put up some signs and ENFORCE it! And then enforce the speed limit on the road. And then enforce the speed limit and prosecute drunk riding in June.

    Have to agree with most of that . Total confusion . I understand that the Prom Walkway Regulation is a law .but as you say there are no notices to inform people .

    I am never sure whether people are allowed to cycle on pavements or not . It seems to be accepted in places like Strand street and I have witnessed several minor incidents between cyclists and pedestrians . Yet the Manx Highway code says You MUST NOT cycle on a pavement .(Item 64)  There was a lengthy consultation about road safety and promises that all would be made good and clear and safer . .I think our politicians need to actually get serious about road safety .

    I also think that cyclists would be much safer if all drivers and passengers of cars /vans etc were taught the "Dutch Reach"   method of exiting a vehicle . It has saved many lives in Europe .the USA and will be put into the UK highway code soon .Mention it on the Island and all you get is a blank look . Hope the link works .

    Unfortunately could only find a video for left hand drive cars ,But the principle is the same 


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  5. 17 minutes ago, thommo2010 said:

    Cyclists don't have to abide by the speed limit.

    Surely you are wrong .???  An act was passed when the walkway was made available to cyclists and was publicised at the time . However i think cyclists either do not know there is a limit or choose to disregard it . It is something that the Government or Local authority (Not sure who is responsible) should be making it  better known, as it is downright dangerous having family groups walking  in an area where cyclists  seem to see it as a race track .


    item 5  .  says          no person may use a vehicle on the Walkway except a pedal cycle 

    Item 6.                     No pedal cycle may be ridden on the Walkway at a speed exceeding 10 miles per hour 


    This was ordered by the Ministry of Infrastructure  July 2016

    Kevin Almond .  Highway services 

  6. I can assure you that with a strong following wind this cyclist was going in excess of 20  mph. Unless you were the cyclist involved and can prove that you were only riding at 50 % above the legal speed limit which as you well know is 10 mph. 

  7. 3 minutes ago, Gizo said:

    And yet it’s fine to have cars on the prom walk way. 


    This was nothing to do with cars it was to do with a cyclist riding illegally fast into pedestrians in an area of the walkway where there are no cars .. opposite the Palace hotel.

    His attitude was one of. I'm a cyclist and can do what I like, where I like.

    The cars on the walkway area in Douglas are legally parked so how does that affect this?


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  8. Decided to walk from Onchan to Douglas along the prom this morning. Wind directly against me took a bit of an effort .

    Not so for the Lycra clad warrior heading straight for us from the Douglas direction. I would reckon he was doing between 20 and 30 mph as he quickly approached . As there were quite a lot of people walking  in both directions as he got close he was forced to slow down. I had chance to ask  him to slow down  as there is a 10 mph limit along the whole walkway and  he was just being totally irresponsible .

    He didn't take kindly to being told this "as there was no limit and anyway car drivers are the people i should be talking to. and what the  ****   was it to do with me anyway ?"  

    I said there was a bye law setting a 10 mph limit and that it is totally irresponsible to ride at 2-3 times the speed limit into vulnerable pedestrians . 

    He then said " Oh you're one of those are you" and cycled off at full pelt "

    Can the Road safety people department not start telling cycling clubs,schools  and individuals that as well as rights they also have responsibilities on the road .

    Can they also make cyclists aware of speed limits on the walkway as part of their multi million pounds improvement scheme. If we are going to have to share common road space ...at least let everyone know what is expected to keep things safe .

    Road safety has to be an ongoing proactive development ,and this government have committed to doing something .....lets hope it more than have another consultation.

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  9. 2 hours ago, Neil Down said:

    So that it fits in nicely with the anti cyclist brigade. Let’s ignore the fact that the stupid bint was more concerned with her phone than her surroundings 

    I really cannot see anything in what Roger M says that is anti cyclist . 

    Like most people here there is concern for the cyclist that a minor accident (collision) could lead to his suffering a loss of tens of thousands of pounds  due to legal costs.

    However he did have a choice as to whether he should have insurance or not and I presume chose not to, for whatever personal reasons. 

    Had he made a different choice for a few pounds a year he would not be in this unenviable position now, 

    Its no good shouting now that all cyclists are victims . 

    This was never an anti cycle thread but a pro insurance thread . 


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  10. "Just seen a report on Sky News online (sorry, can't link)..a cyclist who hit a woman pedestrian who stepped in front of said cyclist has been hit for £100k damages..says he can't pay."

    Perhaps he should have done what any responsible road user should do and spend a few pounds on liability insurance . People in all walks of life insure against risks  to third parties . Just because you are a cyclist doesn't mean you are never responsible for your own actions .

  11. Why so an angry about the choice of words ?????

    Taken from the IOM  Governments  consultation last year .


    ""Feedback Updated 26 Jun 2018

    We Asked

    For people’s opinions on the collection of road tax and how the system may be modernised as the collection of road tax has become increasingly complicated, with the current system containing more than 80 different payment categories.""


    Surely everyone knows what that means .???

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  12. According to 3fm item   today .   

    The Hooded Ram says it's hugely disappointed there'll be no beer tent on the Bottleneck car park in Douglas this TT.

    Last week, Douglas Council revealed the site - operated by the brewery for the first time last year - would be empty during this year's festival.

    The Hooded Ram says problems applying for a licence were beyond its control, and the delays meant booking live music acts hadn't been finalised.

    However, in a statement the company says it's looking forward to working with Douglas Council next year.


  13. How is this different from other places . I would want to know that the premises had the right insurances , health and hygiene checks efc etc 

    Surely similar registration is done everywhere.

    Taken from Airbnb own web site it says "When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it's important for you to understand how the laws work in your city. ... In many cities, you must register, get a permit, or obtain a license before you list your property or accept guests."

    It goes on to say how you must be registered for VAT etc if turnover is large enough.  I really don't see that the IOM is different in that respect from just about anywhere else . 


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  14. 18 hours ago, Donald Trumps said:

    The 5% VAT rate is there to give hoteliers a bit of return

    Our room rates are already cheaper because of high travel prices and - nowadays - lower demand

    Building new hotels just kills off existing ones rather than expanding the market

    IOMG and DfE are a menace to the Manx hospitality industry

    (& a lot else)


    It seems to me that the Government have given grant money, and given the lowest possible rate of VAT . In the year when there was no TT they paid compensation to hoteliers to such an extent that many hotels , allegedly, made more profit that year than in a normal year..You seem to be very supportive of Air BB  which has to be a huge threat to conventional hotels and then blame the government as being a menace to the hospitality business . Personally I have found moaning hoteliers with outdated ideas to be the biggest threat to the  hospitality trade .

    Perhaps the government should increase the VAT to 20%, the same as most other service industries  and let the good businesses survive at the expense of the mediocre.

  15. On 4/30/2019 at 2:43 PM, Donald Trumps said:

    Hotels on the Isle of Man have to be cheaper than UK equivalents because of the high cost of travel here, & therefore receive a lower economic return

    Better for local operators if IOMG offered upgrade assistance that is both significant in size but not massively bureaucratic

    Successful, authentic tourism infrastructure needs a supportive, investing government

    Moonhowlers hate that tho'

    (Especially the ones in government)

    Surely VAT on hotel  accommodation in UK hotels is charged at 20%  whereas its charged at 5% here,which should make our room rates  cheaper.

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  16. 3 hours ago, Andy Onchan said:

    I wonder at what point PI will open their system for bookings? We have family heading our way in late July but they can't book yet.

    You can get prices and availability from their Web site for August onwards

    I tried various dates in July and a message says fully booked not available. That probably means they aren't opening until August. 


  17. "And now we know it is. 4th oldest population, apparently."


    is this real or fake news ??

    Over the last few years we have appeared at around number 11 or 12 in the world list ....how can we suddenly have jumped to no 4 unless a very high percentage of young people have suddenly left the Island, in which case there is an enormous problem to have suddenly caused this sort of result

  18. Be aware ----there is no such valid document as an International Driving Licence . There are lots of companies on the internet  that will offer them but they have no legal validity . 

    You should get an International Driving PERMIT , issued by an official government department from the country that issued your main driving licence . The permit is valid alongside your actual licence, it is not a substitute for one.  

  19. 7 hours ago, Rushen Spy said:


    Seems a perfectly reasonable question well put .....How do you not understand?? .

    thebees is asking if these people reported as having no insurance really do not have insurance OR is it that they have taken out insurance and this has become invalidated because of the crime they have committed eg Drink Driving . 

    I guess only the people involved.     Driver /Police /Courts etc will know the answer to each particular case . However I believe that a lot of uninsured cases involve people saying that they thought they were covered to drive other peoples cars on their own policy ,,,,when in fact they generally are not these days . At one time it was the norm for Comprehensive policies to cover driving other vehicles .This however is now the exception rather than the rule . Check the detail on your policy :mellow:

  20. 4 hours ago, huddstud said:

    Aye, this is what 'fake news' is all about.

    1 in 3 bikers uninsured - my arse.

    I'd be surprised if it was 1 in 20 or more.

    Your figure sounds much closer to the truth, as in the UK  there has been a general decrease in uninsured drivers of all vehicles and the figure is estimated at around 3% (at the end of 2016).

    Which still means there is in the region of 1 million uninsured vehicles (Come down from approx 2 million a decade ago)  The highest region being Greater London approx 6 %  and some post code areas of the West midlands and North West of England are  also  higher.

    The game changer in the UK has been the use of ANPR cameras linked to better statistics in the data bases .

    What is noticeable here though is that whenever you see someone in court for  any motoring offence they inevitably don't seem to be insured and often have no valid driving license  or tax either . 

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