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Department of Transport launches a Public Consultation on the introduction of a National Speed Limit 6 April 2006

The Department of Transport is today launching a national campaign to encourage everyone living and working on the Island to take part in its public consultation exercise regarding the introduction of a maximum speed limit on the Isle of Man.

Many people have strong opinions both for and about the suggestion of a 60 miles per hour speed limit on the Island. However, recently released figures clearly show that speed is the major contributor to accidents on the Isle of Man, so the Department thought it an appropriate time to assess public opinion on this emotive subject.

Between 1 January 2003 and 31 December 2005, there were 33 fatal and 210 serious road traffic collisions on the Island’s road network. 39 people were killed and 233 were seriously injured. 30 of the 39 (77%) who lost their lives and 116 of the 233 (50%) who sustained serious injury, did so on roads with no speed limits.

17 of the worst accident hotspots are on roads with no speed limit. The Snaefell Mountain Road accounts for 12 of our 30 worst locations and over 40% of the total number of accidents, of which between 60% and 90% are speed-related.

It has been suggested by some people that introducing a speed limit on the Island would not work, however lowering vehicle speed is proven to reduce severity of road traffic collisions. A national speed limit would be a key part of the Island’s comprehensive road safety initiative – including education, better signs, better roads (for example anti-skid road surfacing, cat’s eyes) and other safety measures.

Department of Transport Minister, Phil Braidwood MHK explains

“We are seeking the views of all Island residents - drivers, passengers and pedestrians. We are keen for this exercise to illustrate the opinion of a full cross section of society. Accidents on derestricted roads continue to increase and we need to act to halt this trend: to ensure the provision of a safe environment by continuously improving the safety of the highway and all of its users.”
Isle of Man Post will distribute a questionnaire to all households on the Island in early April on our behalf and they will collate all the responses, which can be submitted free of charge. If opinions differ at home, an additional questionnaire can be collected at the Department of Transport at the Sea Terminal, Central Government Offices Reception and local post offices.”

Responses are invited from Island residents only and they should not be duplicated. All replies should be received by 3rd May 2006 to be included in the consultation.

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