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21  July

20mph fines in Wales top £1.28 million

 
09/07/2024 @ 10:53

 

The Welsh Government’s new direction on 20mph speed limits is coming too late for many motorists after it was revealed that fines accumulated to date have topped £1.28 million.

According to Go Safe, nearly 6,000 drivers in Wales were caught out last month alone, creating a staggering amount of fines since the law was introduced to Wales in September last year.

June’s figure is around 1,600 drivers up from the 4,286 drivers who were fined in May.

And somewhat frustratingly, the money generated from this staggering amount of fines issued already in total – nearly 13,000 – goes to the UK Treasury and not the Senedd.

The Welsh Government has softened its stance since new Transport Minister Ken Skates was appointed in April, despite spending around £32 million to implement the speed limits, and many areas could revert back to 30mph after launching a review.

With the Conservatives wiped out from Wales at last week’s General Election, they see the reduced speed limit as a potential vote winner in Wales, and they have been quick to criticise the figure this morning.

Their Shadow Transport Minister, Natasha Asghar MS, said: “The damage to our economy and to people’s livelihoods should not be underplayed and the Welsh people have soundly rejected the 20mph speed limit.

“With astounding sums of money generated through fines being issued, there appears to still be confusion surrounding 20mph speed limits due to Labour’s terrible awareness campaign and their poor rollout.

“The Welsh Conservatives would scrap this ridiculous policy which punishes people for trying to get from A to B.”