Review speed limits

A review of speed limits Island wide should be undertaken. There is no consistency of speed limits. Some villages are 20mph and some are 30mph. Some A roads are speed restricted and others are unrestricted. Some parts of roads have speed limits changed every few miles (Peel to Douglas) with no reasons for this. Some roads are double lined on corners and other part of the same road are not (Greeba bends are not double lined). Some road speed limits are changed for TT and Festival of Sport adding to confusion.

Our roads are used by vehicles, cyclists, horses, walkers, runners and farm vehicles. Sometimes there are sheep, cattle and wild animals also using/crossing the roads. They all have residential driveways, farm entrances, commercial access' and other roads, lanes joining and leaving them. The roads are not safe for unrestricted speeds (Poortown Road is a good example of a road with walkers, runners, cyclists, horses, farm vehicles and vehicle using it but it is unrestricted and vehicles regularly travel at 60 + mph).

 I suggest that there is a full review of all roads and some consistent, evidence based speed policy adopted which is understood by all to improve road safety. 

Why the contribution is important

A speed limits review is important to support Active Travel, to make a more transparent and understandable policy for speed limits and to make the roads safer for all road users. 

by Linmac on April 30, 2018 at 08:31AM

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  • Posted by DixieLad April 30, 2018 at 17:25

    I agree. As another example there is a pointless electronic speed 30mph limit sign on the Ballahutchin when you leave Union Mills going West . This is followed by a 50mph (I think its 50) about 50m further up the road.
  • Posted by Becksy April 30, 2018 at 21:38

    The risk of serious injury significantly increases with increased speed.
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