Scilly’s Vehicles Expected To Meet Mainland Standards Say Police

police landrover backIsland motorists will be expected to meet mainland standards during future vehicle roadworthiness checks.

Mainland officer PC Mike Gamble and Vehicle Examiner Mark Richards completed four days of inspections on St Mary’s on Thursday.

54 vehicles were checked. That’s fewer than in 2014 but Mike says hiring a ramp at Nike Engineering allowed more detailed examinations, which took longer.

The owner of one private vehicle was told to take it off the road due to its poor state.

The Council’s smaller dustcart also needed work on its tyres before it was allowed back on the highway and Sergeant Colin Taylor says more vehicles from of the Town Hall’s fleet failed the inspection, but they are used at the Moorwell dump, which is considered a private road.

PC Gamble says vehicle standards have improved during five years of visits and commercial operators generally look after their vans, lorries and taxis.

Some owners send them away for MOTs and Mike says locals now know what is expected of them.

Whilst there’ll still be a degree of leniency for issues like dashboard warning lights that are harder to repair here, structural defects and bald tyres are not acceptable and in the future will result in penalties or prohibition.

The Police say they will phase out the extra allowance that has been made for islanders to bring us inline with mainland standards.

Mike will discuss how the change can be applied with Sergeant Colin Taylor and Inspector Jean Phillips.

9 Responses to Scilly’s Vehicles Expected To Meet Mainland Standards Say Police

  1. meme October 28, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Don’t worry Mr. Ian T as you used to live over here you must be well aware that islanders do drive on the mainland quite often and are very much aware of big brother.

    • Ian T. October 29, 2015 at 9:46 am

      I’m glad to hear that, meme, but it’s easy to forget in the excitement of getting away on holiday.

      • Elderflower October 29, 2015 at 5:52 pm

        Or on business, or visiting relatives, or any other reason many of which do not involve excitement and which could be classed as routine.
        I am sure your input is well intended but it often comes across as patronising.

  2. Pete October 27, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    What a waste of tax payers money. Inspecting council vehicle’s that are not used on the roads. Do these people come over just for a jolly.

    • Soutie October 27, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      …But surely these vehicles do drive on the roads to refuel and are insured and taxed as such? Even if they stay on the dump permanently, it doesn’t seem unreasonable for the staff who use them to expect the vehicles to be maintained?

      • John Dross October 27, 2015 at 7:48 pm

        If you want the lavish subsidies and the large hands-out – abide by the laws.

        • Briana Moore October 28, 2015 at 8:38 am

          But I’ve only got small hands, can I still keep my villa in the south of France?

          • John Dross October 28, 2015 at 11:53 am

            That may be a decision that can only be made by several courts martial or majors general.

  3. Ian T. October 27, 2015 at 11:27 am

    I hope there are no objections from islanders on this issue. It is, after all, the law. For those who don’t drive on the mainland, you may not realise that we are constantly monitored by ANPR cameras (Automatic Number Plate Recognition), both fixed and mobile in police cars, which can instantly check on MoT and Insurance. There are many who object to this but it has resulted in the arrest of some big time criminals as well as removing uninsured unsafe vehicles from the roads. Yes, Big Brother is watching you!