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10 minutes ago, Non-Believer said:

Is that little lane (I know where you mean) actually an adopted public highway though? If it's not and the vehicle isn't being used on an adopted public highway, isn't a total wreck and has an accountable owner then it may not be committing any offence that the DOI can act on, the same as though it were parked on private land or the drive of a house.

It may have to fall under any relevant LA by-law for any action to be taken.

Similar problem at Mt Murray.  Got a couple of absolute wrecks up there with no tax.  But officially it's an un-adopted road and not a highway, so there is little that can be done.  Especially if it is actually a residents car and not obstructing anything. 

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The other week the number plate recognition vehicle was scanning vehicles driving along Bowring Road in Ramsey. They parked  their vehicle at the entrance to a little lane between   Vellikas and

The only decent road we have is the sloc and Phil the gawne lost his job over it. I personally can't blame them for being a bit reluctant to fix any others. 

Hi Frank.  Just wondering if you had a website or anything?

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Both issues, road tax and potholes are issues in which huge ‘in-roads’ could be made quickly and effectively. It surprises me that politician’s such as Tim Baker do not take the opportunity to counter their recent negative press by blitzing them over the coming pre election months (added bonus of no TT to distract the workforce). Alongside dog poo these are the matters that appear to annoy people on a daily basis. 

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28 minutes ago, pongo said:

What? Tax evaders on the IOM? Surely not.

 

I was genuinely surprised at the number, 440+ in a year; then Derek F posts that it's the tip of the iceberg.

It makes one wonder just how many aren't paying tax and are continuing to be used. And by implication how much revenue is being lost which is thus being foisted onto those who are paying in ever increasing rates in order to make it up?

And the more the DOI hike the rates, presumably the more who are tempted to not bother paying?

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There is just no care or pride put into the upkeep of our roads. 

Central Douglas (excluding the prom) the so-called gateway to the island is an absolute disgrace. DOI can't even be arsed to repaint the white lines. Filter lanes are not all obvious, roundabouts, giveway, stop markings. They're all faded away.

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Meanwhile, they put out a consultation to close Marine Drive to motor vehicles so as to promote, 'active', travel, IE walking and bicycles only.

Talk about fiddling while Rome burns!

The next we hear will be umpty millions to make it a through route again for them.

Jeez, it gets stupider and stupider, 'The IOM where they can but you can't.'

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2 hours ago, doc.fixit said:

Meanwhile, they put out a consultation to close Marine Drive to motor vehicles so as to promote, 'active', travel, IE walking and bicycles only.

 How would  such a scheme address the issue of funding its continuing maintenance?
Road tax payers may contend that if they are no longer able to use it, it is no longer a “road “  for them and may  their feel road tax should not be used for its upkeep.

Cue dropping of term “road tax” .

and await the adoption of “ vehicle licence, or individual transportation pollution charge, private vehicle road entitlement pass...active travel and environmental offset charge..

 

 

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17 minutes ago, hampsterkahn said:

 How would  such a scheme address the issue of funding its continuing maintenance?
Road tax payers may contend that if they are no longer able to use it, it is no longer a “road “  for them and may  their feel road tax should not be used for its upkeep.

Cue dropping of term “road tax” .

and await the adoption of “ vehicle licence, or individual transportation pollution charge, private vehicle road entitlement pass...active travel and environmental offset charge..

 

 

pity no-ones paid road tax for many years or your point would be valid. The manx vehicle licence tax is based on the emissions of the taxable vehicle (and it goes into a central taxation pool and isn't necessarily spent on road infrastructure). 

It's a simple concept that seems to get forgotten about as people on most Manx social media start frothing at the mouth whenever anything to do with roads. active travel, cycling, pedestrians are mentioned. 

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They could definitely smarten up some of the pavements around  Douglas.    Perhaps we could sell some of the thousands of minibuses we seem to have acquired.      Visitors notice things such as cracked & broken pavements, but tend not to care about minibuses.    

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