William Eichler 08 May 2019

Welsh first minister backs 20mph speed limit

The Welsh government has thrown its support behind a push to make 20mph the default speed limit for residential areas.

In response to a question during First Minister’s Questions yesterday, Welsh First Minister, Mark Drakeford, said that the Welsh government believes ‘20mph should be the default speed limit for residential areas’.

The national road safety charity, Brake, welcomed the announcement and said that it would be ‘a huge boost for road safety’.

‘Slower speeds save lives and also make our streets more liveable environments, encouraging people to walk and cycle safely and confidently in their local area,’ said Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake.

‘20mph limits where people work, live and play are widely accepted as the safest option, with stopping distances at 20mph half those at 30mph.

‘We applaud the Welsh Government’s announcement and urge the Department for Transport to follow their lead.

‘We all want to be able to move around in safe and healthy ways and reducing vehicle speeds is a simple, but effective, way of achieving this.’?

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