When is a roundabout not a roundabout? That is indeed the question being posed by Gef today as we explore two contradictory statements from the gov and the cops.
Earlier on today, the DoI’s My Prom Team tweeted to inform us all of how to use their much mocked roundels which have been placed strategically at the bottom of Broadway and by the new skate park, sorry ‘Cultural Zone’, on the much delayed £26m promenade,
Taking to Twitter to explain the roundells, the My Prom team have advised drivers to approach them ‘slowly and smoothly’, in a similar fashion to how one might approach a donkey or startled sheep.
The island’s Road Policing Unit have also had their say to explain that roundels are in fact unmarked junctions and should be treated as such. This will come as good news to the many Manx people who live in fear of our only known predator, the roundabout and indeed those who just ignore them and drive straight over the top anyway.
The police have said: ‘We would like to clarify that the roundels are not roundabouts. The two roundels should be treated as unmarked junctions as defined in the Highway Code. Drivers should approach them slowly, smoothly and giving way to other road users.’
This added to the tweet from the My Prom team who said: ‘Drivers are reminded that no one has priority at an unmarked junction and they should be cautious and considerate when navigating through the junction.’
However, back in June when we were first told not to fear the roundels by the DoI’s My Prom team they told us that they ‘are to be driven in the same way as any other roundabout’.
They added to this by saying: ‘Roundels are designed not to have a traditional central island or a white domed marking due to the nature of their design.’
And DoI Minister Tim Baker even told us that we’d ‘soon get used to them’, but if the gov can’t decide if they are roundabouts, how can they expect us to?