Speed Limits: Wales

Wales Office written question – answered at on 8 September 2023.

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Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Independent, Solihull

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether he has made an economic impact assessment of the decision of the Welsh Government to introduce 20mph speed limits.

Photo of David Davies David Davies The Secretary of State for Wales

Speed limit issues were devolved to the Welsh Government in the Wales Act 2017, which amended the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

In terms of the 20mph speed limit, it is disappointing that the Welsh Government seems to be ignoring its own impact assessments, which suggest that the damage to the Welsh economy could be as high as £4.5 billion.

The UK Government does not have any current plans to change the national speed limits, or to introduce 20mph as the default speed limit for urban areas in England.

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