Fines prove that 20mph is here to stay

Fines prove that 20mph is here to stay

Responding to the news that more than 1,150 drivers were caught breaking the 20mph speed limit in Wales in April, Natasha Asghar MS, Shadow Transport Minister, said:

“This ridiculous law from Labour has been a disaster from the start.

“The massive public opposition to this policy has only grown since its inception and these fines prove that despite Labour’s spin, 20mph is here to stay.

“The Welsh Conservatives would scrap this barmy policy and get Wales moving.”

Enforcement on new 20mph limit roads

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GoSafe has confirmed that enforcement on new 20mph limit roads will start from 18th March 2024.

Following the introduction of a 20mph default speed limit in September 2023, we paused the process of considering new locations for 20mph enforcement which were 30mph prior to the legislation change.  This was decided to allow the public to get used to the change, to collate data to understand any effect the change had on road safety and compliance with the law. 

We continued to enforce our 20mph sites which were 20mph prior to September, following a pause whilst we confirmed the appropriate orders and signage were unaffected.

Thanks to additional funding from the Welsh Government, we were able to expand our engagement activity through dedicated Operation Ugain teams in January 2024. The teams have monitored nearly 25,000 vehicles in their first two months, of which 97% are not exceeding 25mph.  Where speeding drivers did not wish to receive the engagement, they were prosecuted.  In January and February 2024, 9 people were prosecuted.

Six months following the legislation change, enforcement will now be considered in all areas where there is evidence of road safety risk. The first response to 20mph speeding concerns will still be to use Operation Ugain, but we will assess any emerging concerns in these areas as we do in any other speed limit from 18th March 2024.

The combination of engagement and enforcement has always been used by the partnership. Engagement is continually prioritised to support behaviour change to make our roads safer for everyone. Enforcement is used when it is justified and where engagement is not appropriate.

Enforcement is always done in the right place, at the right time, for the right reason, to make our roads safer.

The public can now be confident that where they have concerns about speeding in their communities, that these areas will be reviewed and enforced, where appropriate.

GoSafe has enforced 20mph for several years.  Whilst this begun as enforcement campaigns outside of schools, as further 20mph limits were adopted, they became part of our routine site selection in 2021, where we enforced locations where there was evidence of road safety risk.

GoSafe considers enforcement where communities have raised concerns, collisions have occurred, or in areas where vulnerable road users and vehicles mix for example, near schools.  Any requests for enforcement will be assessed using our enforcement criteria and where appropriate, enforcement sites will be established.

In addition to our site criteria, we will also be working closely with highways authorities to ensure that signage is appropriate, any Traffic Regulation Orders are correct, and that roads are not being considered as part of the 20mph exceptions review.

Assistant Chief Constable Trudi Meyrick, Roads Policing Lead for Wales said:

“Introducing enforcement in new 20mph areas is the next step of our engagement-led approach. We have continued to review driver behaviour and the response to the change in default speed limit, whilst engaging with communities across Wales with Operation Ugain.

“Enforcement will be used proportionately and fairly. We’ll continue to engage with people across Wales and we’re confident that a proportionate level of enforcement can now be used to keep us moving towards achieving safer roads.”

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