Labour chaos on 20mph continues

Labour chaos on 20mph continues

In the chamber this afternoon, the Deputy Minister for Transport, Lee Waters said:

“We do think there are examples, where, with the benefit of hindsight and experience, the wrong decisions have been made, and I’ve encouraged local authorities to think about how they can use their powers of discretion to make exceptions. They will be exceptions not the rule. So, it’ll be, I think, a tidying-up exercise, but we had a very positive and constructive meeting with them yesterday.

However, in a statement released shortly after the spokesperson’s questions he claimed that there would be no alteration to the exemptions for councils to change 20mph zones back to 30mph.

“Despite calls from some, the message from highway authorities in Wales has been very clear – we want to allow time for the new speeds to settle before making changes to the exceptions guidance.”

Commenting on her spokesperson questions to the Transport Minister today in the Senedd, Welsh Conservative Shadow Transport Minister Natasha Asghar MS, said:

The statement from the Deputy Minister is typical of him and his Labour Government.

“In one instance he speaks about working with the local authorities on exemptions and the next he refuses to alter the exemptions which are making it difficult for councils to ‘tidy up’ the areas which are causing the most harm.

“Quite frankly he doesn’t know what he’s doing, he says one thing in a statement which completely contradicts what he has said in the chamber only an hour prior.”

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