Written Statement: Enforcement of the New 20mph Default Speed Limit

Ahead of the new 20mph default speed limit on restricted roads coming into force on 17 September 2023, and recognising the important role that engagement, education and enforcement play in its successful implementation, I am pleased today to issue the following joint statement with the four Welsh police forces:

The new 20mph default speed limit will be enforced, with excessive speeders being fined.

The Welsh Government and the four Welsh police forces will work in partnership with other organisations such as local authorities, community speedwatch groups, schools, and community groups, to raise awareness about the new limit.

Police officers and policing partners will warn and educate drivers as much as possible as the new speed limit comes into force. Initially while drivers are getting used to the new default 20mph speed limit, and if they are not breaching the limit excessively, they will be offered roadside engagement sessions (where available) with the fire and rescue services, as an alternative to prosecution.

GoSafe will provide a clear enforcement and site selection policy, as agreed with Welsh Government and other highway authorities. GoSafe will also publish a list of all enforcement locations on their website, including those in 20mph speed limit areas.

We want to support the policy intentions of Llwybr Newydd to promote safe and active travel in communities, recognising that traditional traffic calming will only be used as a last resort for 20mph compliance.

The Welsh Government has provided its annual funding contribution of £2,555,500 to GoSafe this year, plus an additional £600,000 for 20mph roadside engagement. Next year, the annual funding will be increased to £2,800,000 overall to support GoSafe to help keep roads safe in Wales.

We look forward to working together with our partners to help deliver all of the benefits of this policy: saving lives, reducing injuries and increasing well-being.

This statement is being issued during recess in order to keep members informed. Should members wish me to make a further statement or to answer questions on this when the Senedd returns I would be happy to do so.

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