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Manx public say ‘NO’ to an All-Island Speed Limit, but New Road Safety Measures are requested 21 June 2006

Earlier this week the Minister for Transport, Hon Phil Braidwood MHK, announced the results of the All-Island speed limit policy consultation in Tynwald.

The Department of Transport received 14,757 responses to the questionnaire. This equates to approximately 40% of those circulated, which for a consultation is high. As such the Department is confident that these results properly reflect a realistic and valuable sample of the views of Manx residents.

The positive feedback during the consultation process indicated that the Manx public appreciated the fact that they were consulted on this issue. Although the Department has not yet received the independent detailed analysis of comments submitted via the questionnaire, the results of the YES/NO questions concerning the proposal for the introduction of an all-Island Speed Limit.

It is worth noting that the overall results show significantly different responses when the answers from the questionnaires delivered to each household and those collected from Post Offices, Central Government Offices and the Sea Terminal are compared.

The results, as provided by Isle of Man Post are as follows:-

Households – Total number of responses received 13,591
Question1
Having considered the above facts, do you think that further action needs to be taken to reduce the exposure to danger on roads with no speed limit?
Yes 7860 57.8%
No 5043 37.1%
Don't Know 329 2.4%
    97.3%
      
Question 2
Would you support the introduction of a maximum 60 mph speed limit on roads which currently have no speed limit?
Yes 5699 41.9%
No 5721 55.3%
Don't Know 141 1.0%
    98.2%
      
Question 3
Would you support a maximum 70 mph speed limit on the Snaefell Mountain Road?
Yes 5697 41.9%
No 7356 54.1%
Don't Know 214 1.6%
    97.6%

Note: The percentages do not add up to 100% as not all three questions were answered in every case.

Request copies collected from Post Offices, Central Government Offices and Sea Terminal – (total 1,166)
Question1
Having considered the above facts, do you think that further action needs to be taken to reduce the exposure to danger on roads with no speed limit?
Yes428 36.7% 
No672 57.6% 
Don't Know39 3.3% 
   97.6% 
      
Question 2
Would you support the introduction of a maximum 60 mph speed limit on roads which currently have no speed limit?
Yes239 20.5% 
No897 76.9% 
Don't Know20 1.7% 
   99.1% 
      
Question 3
Would you support a maximum 70 mph speed limit on the Snaefell Mountain Road?
Yes243 20.8% 
No902 77.4% 
Don't Know5 0.4% 
   98.6% 

Speed questionnaires (combined final figures) – 14,757
Question1
Having considered the above facts, do you think that further action needs to be taken to reduce the exposure to danger on roads with no speed limit?
Yes8288 56.2% 
No5715 38.7% 
Don't Know368 2.5% 
   97.4% 
      
Question 2
Would you support the introduction of a maximum 60 mph speed limit on roads which currently have no speed limit?
Yes5938 40.2% 
No8418 57.0% 
Don't Know161 1.1% 
   98.3% 
      
Question 3
Would you support a maximum 70 mph speed limit on the Snaefell Mountain Road?
Yes5940 40.4% 
No8258 56.0% 
Don't Know219 1.5% 
   97.8% 

Minister for Transport Hon Phil Braidwood, MHK, concluded his Tynwald statement:

“I am satisfied that the results of this consultation reflect the views of Manx residents and the Department believes that without the support of the majority of the public an All Island Speed Limit would not be an appropriate move for the foreseeable future.

My Department will continue to reinforce and expand existing road safety measures as follows:

  • Identifying accident cluster sites
  • Engineering Measures
    • Signs
    • Surfaces
    • Road Markings
  • Road Improvements
  • Local Speed Limits
  • Publicity Campaigns
  • Driver Education

We will also actively explore further measures as part of our Road Safety Initiative and our objective of reducing road traffic accidents:

Camera enforcement
  • Legislation
    • Driving ages
    • Seatbelts
    • R Plate Periods
    • Reciprocal Agreement with Republic of Ireland
    • Longer periods of disqualification
  • Working with interested Groups i.e. Nolimit.org.im (a member of the campaign group Nolimit.org.im (No Limit) attended the RSI Working Party on Monday, 19th June.

Finally, I confirm that I will be ensuring that Road Safety remains the highest priority for my Department and when we have received the report detailing the comments from the questionnaire, I shall make a further statement in Tynwald. I shall also ensure that all positive contributions receive our immediate attention.”

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