National (motor vehicle) speed limits and enforcement

Why not introduce introduce National Speed Limits on the Island and enforce them automatically using Speed Cameras utilising number plate recognition? 

Why the contribution is important

This would raise revenue (through fines) , improve driving standards, allow the Police to direct resources elsewhere, and even save lives.

by Shangorilla on April 13, 2017 at 10:25PM

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  • Posted by madeleine April 14, 2017 at 00:15

    No! Speed cameras will certainly raise revenue but they do not improve driving standards and can be shown to cause accidents as drivers are distracted by them and cause speeding away from the cameras; they create animosity between the Government and the people and do not save lives. Any RTI involves speed as vehicles move people from A to B. Speed cameras set an arbitrary limit irrespective of weather and road conditions, experience of driver, state of mind of driver, condition of brakes etc. They are simply a blunt tool to sting the motorist and one or two strategically placed speed cameras can generate huge amounts of income without necessarily being located in a place when there is a history of accidents.
  • Posted by paulg April 14, 2017 at 12:35

    In the UK there has been long term debate on this very issue. The deployment of speed cameras has officially always been on safety grounds. Criticism has been along the theme that deployment has in effect been on the basis of revenue. Research has shown that in many cases, the safety aspect cannot be justified and perversely, there is evidence that the cameras actually caused road accidents. The result has been that many speed cameras have now been de-commissioned. Let us learn from the UK's mistakes. Unless there is a justifiable and proven reason to use fixed speed cameras we should not even contemplate doing so.
  • Posted by Denzil April 14, 2017 at 17:25

    If you wish to live in a country with speed limits there's a boat in the morning.
  • Posted by Yukiyama April 14, 2017 at 17:52

    Absolutely 100%.
    1 raises revenue by those who offend
    2 automatically issues points and very soon repeat offenders have no licence
    3 safer roads
  • Posted by Shangorilla April 15, 2017 at 22:36

    I always get the impression that the IOM's reluctance to implement national speed restrictions is more to do with tourism than safety. We obviously have no motorways, so in theory the maximum speed limit (utilising national speed restrictions on 'A' roads) should be 60 mph. In TT Festival fortnight the Mountain Road is made one-way (ostensibly) on safety grounds; when in reality it turns the entire length from Ramsey to the 'Creg' into a racetrack. Surely if you want to attract people to the Isle of Man to enjoy their powerful and fast motor bikes and cars, why not build a proper facility (at Jurby for instance) and charge them accordingly.
  • Posted by Maclirmanannan April 17, 2017 at 17:37

    Disagree with national speed limit for reasons others have highlighted.
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