‘It’s too slow!’ New 20mph rule slammed as Wales approves ‘ridiculous’ national limit

The speed limit in built-up areas of Wales will be reduced from 30mph to 20mph next year to improve road safety. Welsh ministers also claim the lower speed limit will improve the quality of life for citizens.

The Senedd passed the law in a vote on Tuesday, July 12, which gained support from Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru but was opposed by the Welsh Conservatives. 

READ MORE: ‘Gradual introduction’ of 20mph speed limit roads may be seen UK-wide

Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “We know that 20mph zones reduce the speed of traffic, reduce accidents – particularly accidents to children.  

“We want to see that become the default position right across Wales.” 

Many towns and cities already have 20mph limits on some residential roads but Wales will be the first to introduce it as a default speed limit.

In response, Express.co.uk ran a poll from midday on Saturday, July 23, to midday on Monday, August 1, asking readers: “Should all residential roads be limited to 20mph?” 

Overall, 6,130 readers cast their votes with the vast majority, 76 percent (4,672 people), answering “no”, all residential roads should not be limited to 20mph.

A further 23 percent (1,420 people) said “yes” they should, while just one percent (38 people) said they did not know. 

Hundreds of comments were left below the accompanying article as readers shared their thoughts on reducing speed limits.

The speed limit is not a blanket limit as local authorities will determine which roads should remain at 30 mph. 

It is currently being trialled in eight communities but will come into force nationally in September 2023.  

One trial area in Monmouthshire has reversed the reduced speed limit after locals expressed concerns over congestion. 

Monmouthshire County Council said it had made the reversal to “address some of the community concerns raised while balancing this with the benefits of reducing speed limits”.

However, some thought slower speed limits were a good idea but current restrictions needed to be enforced better. 

Username Di.Rad said: “Yes, only problem is that it will never be policed enough.”

Username suegwarks said: “It would be better if local councils enforced the current 30 mph speed limit.” 

Another, username Buy British, when you can, said: “Enforcement of what we have around schools would be a great start.”

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