The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) recommends that people do not drink and drive. We would however urge the Government to consider carefully the likely impact of changing the current legal limit in the Isle of Man, which have seen a steady reduction in the number of drink-drive related incidents over the last decade.
We would expect the Government to consider the impact that lowering the limit in December last year has had on the licensed trade in Scotland, and to reflect upon that experience when considering whether to apply it elsewhere. With the change in Scotland having affected the business of hundreds of rural pubs we’d expect the Government to present robust evidence demonstrating the benefits of any proposed change in the Isle of Man- where adoption of the lower limit is likely to affect the commercial viability of a number of pubs.
Finally, we’d urge everyone to continue to support pubs, especially those situated in remote and rural areas. By using public transport or designated drivers, it’s still possible to have a great time, support the Manx pub trade and stay safe.
Based on an article from Tom Stainer, Head of Communications, CAMRA