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Consultation helps shape our work to inform the development of policy, projects and legislation. It helps us to find out your views and lets us know about any ideas or suggestions you may have. 

Eaisht lesh dagh cleaysh, eisht jean briwnys
Listen with each ear, then decide

We asked, You said, We did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

The Isle of Man Civil Aviation Administration consulted on proposals to replace aircraft registration and marking provisions currently in the Air Navigation (Isle of Man) Order 2015 with a new Civil Aviation (Aircraft Registration and Marking) Order. 

You said

We received 9 responses from owners or operators of aircraft registered in the Isle of Man and persons and companies that support and facilitate the ownership and registration to the consultation.

Please see Consultation Response Document for more detailed analysis.

We did

A number of amendments will be made to the Civil Aviation (Aircraft Registration and Marking) Order as a consequence of some of the comments received. 

The Order will now be progressed through the Island’s secondary legislation process. It is currently planned to submit the Order for Tynwald Court approval in April 2022. As a result of our intended 3 month lead time to support transition, the date on which the new Order is expected to come into effect will be 1 August 2022.

We would like to thank those that took the time to respond to the consultation.

We asked

People with a disability, their carers, and their families, about the barriers they have experienced or are concerned about to using Bus Vannin services. We asked for this information to help identify and prioritise improvements that could be made to enable more people to use and enjoy the Island’s bus service.  

You said

A total of 246 responses to the consultation were received.  Of these, 134 were from people with a disability, with 111 received from friends or family members of people with disabilities. 1 person did not answer this question. 

100 people reported that they had a disability that affected their mobility, and 79 people reported that they had a long term illness, disease or condition. Just over half of all respondents reported that their day-to-day activities were limited because of a health problem or disability which has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months.

The top 3 reasons for using the bus were leisure, shopping, and medical appointments. There was very limited use of the bus to travel to school and to work by respondents.

127 responses were received in response to the question regarding barriers in accessing or travelling by bus by persons with a disability. The most significant barrier was seen as being poor pavements/uneven surfaces.This was followed by obstacles on the walkway. 

A similar response was received from people who assist a person with a disability, with the biggest obstacle again being poor pavements/uneven surfaces. 

Responses to the ability to find information about the buses from the timetables was fairly evenly spread,  with the majority or respondents reporting in the mid-ranges of easy and difficult, and a small number at either end of the scale. A larger number of respondents found it difficult to find information about the buses on social media. Approximately half of all respondents did not answer the questions about the ease of finding bus information. 

Almost half of respondents believed that all bus stops should be made accessible. Only 22 respondents agreed that only those bus stops that serve large populations and busy services should be made accessible, with half of respondents not answering this question. 

42 respondents confirmed that they are wheelchair/mobility scooter users.  Of this group, the greatest barriers reported were as follows:

  • poor pavements, reported by 38 (90%) respondents, followed by
  • obstacles on the pavements/paths reported by 29 (69%) respondents

Mobility space occupied by another mobility aid or pram was a more significant barrier, experienced by 21 (50%) and 24 (57%) respondents than the inability to carry mobility aid: 12 (28%) respondents.

Accessibility of bus stops at the start and the end of the journey was a comparable barrier to occupation of the mobility space, experienced by 21 (50%) respondents, whilst 19 (45%) respondents reported a lack of information about accessible bus stops to be a barrier.

A copy of the summary report can be accessed below.

We did

The information will be used to further explore accessibility issues for people with disabilities on the Isle of Man by the Bus Vannin Accessibility Steering Group.

We asked

The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture consulted on regulations to enact actions under The Single Use Plastic Reduction Plan for the Isle of Man Community: a legislative ban on the sale and distribution of particular single use plastic items (plates, plastic carrier bags, straws (with necessary exceptions i.e. medical use), stirrers, cutlery, polystyrene food containers for immediate use, polystyrene cups, plastic stemmed cotton buds, balloon sticks and Oxo-degradable plastics); and a legislative ban on the manufacture, sale and distribution of rinse-off personal care products that contain plastic microbeads.

You said

There were 688 responses and broad support for the draft regulations. There was also support for restrictions on further single use plastic items.

We did

Following this consultation, the Regulations have been amended to clarify the definition of ‘plastic’ that is controlled. The exemption for single use plastic bags for unwrapped blades will be removed from the Regulations as other more suitable materials (such as cardboard) are readily and cheaply available for this purpose. The Regulations have been clarified to ensure that single use items are only exempt in a prison or school setting for disability or access needs. With regard to multiple use plastic bags, the Department has decided to see what results from the ban on the provision of single use plastic  bags, and work with local businesses and plastic pollution NGO’s to monitor trends in bag usage and litter, which will be reviewed at a later date. No further market restrictions have been agreed at this time.

Please see the full report below for details.