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44 tonne weight limit legislation withdrawn at 11th hour.

1st April, 2011

In yet another remarkable U-turn, Transport Minister, Phil Gawne, has ordered the withdrawal of legislation which would have allowed 44 tonne GVW artics on Manx roads from 1st April 2011.

Minister Gawne cites the reason for withdrawal as more work being required on designated route legislation but rumours are that a lack of communication between various Government departments over harbour dues is in fact the real reason for the withdrawal and delay in introducing the legislation.

It is believed that there are no issues with the proposed routes which include the Douglas harbour bridge which allegedly has had a sum of £100,000 spent on strengthening works to allow heavier trucks to deliver to Tesco.

This withdrawal of the legislation is a major inconvenience for operators who have purchased vehicles and equipment specifically to operate with the heavier payloads and which would have brought a degree of efficiency to an industry already under the cosh of escalating fuel costs.

Mr Gawne, "Minister for U-turns" is of course known for his recent 11th hour change of heart over the introduction of all-Island taxi licences.

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