A massive driving law change is set to be introduced in Wales and Samuel Kurtz MS, local Senedd Member for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, wants to know your views.
As of September 2023, the Welsh Government have confirmed that all urban roads will see their speed limit downgraded to a default 20mph. A decision which has been made by Welsh Labour politicians in Cardiff Bay.
This change in legislation will see Wales become one of the first countries in the world, and the first nation in the UK, to introduce a compulsory 20mph speed limit on all roads in urban areas.
However, the Welsh Government has confirmed that this universal change in speed limit will come at a cost of £4.5bn to the Welsh economy.
Despite the huge impact this will have on daily lives, there is concern amongst local politicians that this decision has been made without any consultation with the Welsh public.
In response to the Welsh Government’s lack of public consideration, Samuel Kurtz MS has launched his own consultation to seek local views on this massive change to driving law.
Speaking about the drastic change in speed limit, Samuel Kurtz MS said:
“Lower speed limits outside schools, hospitals and other areas where there is clear evidence of it being necessary and appropriate is, of course, welcomed.
“But this blanket 20mph approach on main artery roads, is a sledgehammer to crack a nut policy that’s been taken with little to no consultation with local communities in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire.
“These changes are set to substantially increase traffic congestion, exacerbate emission rates, and hugely impact on local businesses; all at a cost of £4.5bn to the Welsh economy.
“If you want to have your say on these changes, please consider filling out my survey consultation found on my website. It’s vital the Welsh Government are aware of local concerns about this ill-thought policy.”
You can find Samuel Kurtz MS’ public consultation on the Welsh Government’s 20mph policy by visiting: https://www.samuelkurtz.wales/campaigns/20mph-speed-limit-survey.