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  1. AS IOM vehicles now show up on the UK data bases for insurance etc wouldn't it make sense to use ANPR cameras here with links to the UK data bases for insurance and tax . Surely this would catch the majority of people who think it acceptable to ride/drive without the required documentation.
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    R Plates

    John Am I right in thinking that you must have a "full" licence for the class of vehicle that you want to drive .i.e. you may have just passed your car test on the IOM ,but a provisional licence plus the pass certificate would not be accepted by the UK as entitlement . Similarly if you pass a motorcycle test you must have obtained the full licence ,not just your usual car licence (which acts as a provisional for some classes of vehicle) plus your test pass certificate.
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    R Plates

    In some countries it does stand for Provisional and is used by drivers with a Provisional licence . However in the UK it = P = Probationary driver (indicating you are a fairly new qualified driver) and may be used if the driver wants to and for no set period of time ....purely voluntary .
  4. Not surprisingly Spain has reduced the speed limits on rural roads this week . SPAIN is to lower the speed limit on secondary roads from 100kph to 90kph. The Council of Ministers has approved the measure, which is designed to cut the death toll from road accidents. At the moment 66 per cent of road fatalities occur on secondary roads, about half of which are due to cars leaving the highway usually due to excessive speed. In France the Government are claiming that cutting the rural speed limit by 10 KPH has lowered the death toll by 115 this year ,.
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    Cut & paste

    Personally I would rather they adapted a known working policy from the UK than bring in more consultants to come up with similar recommendations after many months and a huge fee for doing similar to what has been done here . If only we could have cut and pasted a successful road strategy from somewhere else we wouldn't have another 10 years of inaction in that area .
  6. A company called Goldwell marketed that along with "Snowball" and "Wicked Lady" Ah nostalgia isn't what it used to be.!
  7. I think they disappeared about the same time as Babycham; Mackeson ; and glass soda syphons
  8. Only if there was a brewery tie. As a free house they would be able to buy wherever. There are several island based beers, wines and spirits wholesalers and a cash and carry. They could also import some products themselves or buy branded products from retail supermarkets. No guarantee they would buy all or any products from H&B
  9. I'm not sure that is true as I think the people most likely to object to a Wetherspoon opening would be the LVA as their members would probably be the biggest losers. Wetherspoons will not operate, as far as I know, where they cannot get a turnover well in excess of £30,000 per week (1.5 million pa ) . If they felt they could get that in Douglas it would just about close or bankrupt every free trader in the area (possibly one exception) . If you think that is good for the trade as a whole and and worth it in order to cut a few pence off a pint so be it. It would certainly not increase choice and would destroy a lot of livelihoods. Running a single large pub from a distance is an expensive operation and they would be unlikely to be able to offer the same deals as in their UK pubs. I Believe they did look at the IOM as a possible market at one time but in every way it did not stack up as a business proposition. Please don't think I am against Wetherspoons, as I even have their app on my phone But the IOM is a very small market and expensive to operate in remotely .
  10. There are probably too many pubs on the Island for the size of the population and the market ---many are struggling already to get a reasonable return. Why would the brewery actively seek competition to their own premises and further adversely affect their own operation?? They have operated pretty successfully for over 120 years and are managing change in a declining market in the way they feel is best for their business . You obviously don't agree, But it is their business to run as they see fit.
  11. I think that the VIKING in Castletown is currently on the market if you are looking for a restaurant /pub . Advertised with Lowey and CO
  12. As far as I know the brewery didn't manage the Liverpool Arms. It was a Tenancy which means that the Brewery owned the Building and that the Tenant owned the business . The tenant would pay an agreed annual rent and have a supply agreement for products . They would then have a business and accommodation.You seem very keen to blame the brewery for a business venture they did not control. I am sure if the brewery could have found a new ,financially sound businessperson to take this P.H. on and build the business they would have as it would give them a guaranteed rent and an outlet for their products .
  13. Plus the food on the Pont Aven is pretty good
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    mots

    This is absolutely correct . Driving is the most dangerous thing that most of us do on a day to day basis ,therefore anything that reduces risk has to be a good thing. There have to be changes in the standards of roads------- ,junctions ,signage, speed limits etc etc Changes in vehicle design and reliability (To be fair vehicle manufacturers are pretty good at making advances) and to vehicle maintenance. Changes in the training of drivers whether it be to a generally higher test level ,or regular testing or graded testing for different power cars. or some other method of improving competence. As you say if the risk is reduced by even small amounts in each category the overall effect is significant in terms of road safety.
  15. The whole thing is a whitewash to try and make out they are interested in road safety . look at item 7.3 "undertake local research on attitudes in relation to seatbelt use and compliance" There are volumes of research already on seat belt use over decades. They want to take years collecting unnecessary information which will keep lots of people in jobs and nothing will be done . Perhaps in a few years they will have a referendum to see if we want seat belts to be worn or not .
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    mots

    So it's up to the police to have to go and find faults in cars and not the responsibility of the owners to check their own cars. Really.?
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    mots

    Of course there will still be death and destruction. However the target is zero. To achieve this you aim to have safer cars driven on safer roads by safer drivers. You do not achieve your goals without addressing all three issues. That's what the Safe strategy is based on.
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    Freebies!

    I suspect they are going to see how the CI are preparing for brexit. They will then come back and do similar. It saves them actually having to come up with ideas and solutions of their own.
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    mots

    Of course it would be cheaper not to pay for a test. But you could say that about everything in life. In terms of time we are talking about an hour a year. In this case I stayed in the vehicle while the tests were done. No repairs are carried out. If there are issues you are given a sheet showing the defects and have to get them fixed within a certain time (can't be more specific as car I was in didn't have any serious faults)
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    mots

    The job of an MOT is to test various features of cars deemed to be important in terms of safety at set intervals through its lifetime . Brakes, steering ,suspension .lights, emissions etc. etc. It is nothing to do with the cornering efficiency of various makes of cars.It does not measure engine performance (except for emissions) or the condition of the clutch or gearbox.Those are service items . I recently went to a modern test centre in a European capital city where you could either book a test in advance or just turn up . I just turned up . The whole test took less than 20 minutes with the car passing between 3 bays. Firstly a probe was inserted into the exhaust to give an emissions readout . Then all lights were checked , Driven over a pit checks were done under the car on exhaust corrosion etc .Then onto a system of rollers where brake efficiency and steering were checked and hydraulics rocked the car to check suspension . A Full print out was given and went to a kiosk to pay . All very efficient . Everywhere else in the modern world it just seems to be accepted that cars need to be checked at regular intervals and I really cannot see why we wouldn't want to do what the rest of the world has been doing effectively for half a century .
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    mots

    At least in Guernsey and Jersey they are debating the type of system required rather than the IOM Government who just ignore the whole thing even though they try and make out they are ready for any type of Brexit. If they are intending to use the Safe systems promised they cannot keep doing nothing and making out there isn't a need.
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    mots

    Tractors are certainly exempt. I assume that things like combines etc are also exempt.
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    mots

    I believe vehicles over 40 years old are exempt.
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