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SPEEDING HGV'S ON ISLAND ROADS

The Department for Transport has opened a public consultation on increasing the speed limit for HGVs on single carriageway roads. The consequences to vulnerable road users (pedestrians, cyclists, dog-walkers, horse-riders) is obvious, ESPECIALLY ON THE ISLAND.

  • we have no verges for dog-walkers and horse riders to shelter on
  • using bridleways is no simple answer as it requires road travel to get to them
  • high hedges mean that even hi-vis vests may be obscured
  • pot-holed road surfaces mean that drivers swerve unpredictably
  • winding roads mean that obstacles (including parked cars) may need sudden avoidance
  • tourists uncertain of their route are an additional hazard AND vulnerable road-user

The questionnaire is mainly aimed at haulage contractors, but it is still possible to make your views known about safety issues. Government concerns appear to be more related to air pollution, noise pollution and accidents between HGVs than other road users.

Andrew Turner MP has confirmed to me that this WILL apply to Island roads. You may wish to respond to the Consultation. We only have until 1 Feb to fill in the on-line consultation at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/examining-the-speed-limit-for-heavy-goods-vehicles-over-7-5-tonnes-on-single-carriageway-roads


Vav's Response

  • Most single carriageway roads are in rural areas. This has safety implications for people who chose to pursue leisure activities along such roads - walkers, dog-walkers, horse-riders - and pedestrians and car-drivers who live and work along such roads.
    The Isle of Wight in particular has many winding roads with bad visibility caused by high hedges, potholes caused by poor road fabric and few places to shelter as bridleways and suitable verges are scarce.
    High visibility vests are no answer - most horse riders already wear them, but in seems unreasonable to ask dog-walkers and car-parkers to wear them too. I am therefore against any raise in the speed limit.

  • Most Islands around UK insist that HGV's decant into smaller trucks to cope with rural roads for safety reasons. The Isle of Wight should perhaps follow suit.

  • Ban 'platooning' on single carriageway roads as a safety risk for all concerned. Make it a prosecutable offence.

  • I would petition the Isle of Wight Council to set an Island-wide speed restriction, keeping it at 40mph. It is already known that Island roads are different in quality.

 

 

 

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